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Green Templeton College
Green Templeton College
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Green Templeton College

About the college

Green Templeton College (GTC), Oxford’s newest graduate college, has a distinctive academic profile, specialising in subjects relating to human welfare and social, economic and environmental well-being in the 21st century, including medical and health sciences, management and business, and applied social sciences.

Founded in 2008, following the historic merger of Green College and Templeton College, it has launched a number of innovative interdisciplinary college-based academic activities, including the Oxford Health and Care Foresight Initiative, the Emerging Markets Symposium, the Management in Medicine Programme, and the Global Health Policy Programme.

The college is based at the beautiful Radcliffe Observatory site on Woodstock Road, bordering the new heart of the University at the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter and within easy walking distance of the city centre, the Saïd Business School and the University Science Area.

The college is a graduate community of around 600 students from 79 countries, with more than 250 fellows. We are international, family-friendly, and future-focused within a traditional Oxford setting. Collaborations and interactions across our community of students, fellows and staff are actively encouraged and our egalitarian ethos is epitomised by a single common room and the absence of a high table. The inclusion of all, regardless of gender, sexual identity, race, ethnicity or class, is one of our foundational principles.

GTC maintains a smoke-free zone on its main site and all annexes.

Accommodation and meals

GTC normally expects to be able to provide up to two years’ accommodation for all students who request it, and approximately 39% of GTC students are housed by the college each year. Single rooms are located on site or in the St Margaret’s Road annexes about half a mile north of the college, all with access to full kitchen facilities. Shared and self-contained flats are located at Rewley Abbey Court, next to the Saïd Business School about a mile from the college. The College also owns a number of terraced houses bordering the College site on Observatory Street that are suitable for families. 

Accommodation is allocated on a first come, first served basis and a waiting list normally operates for later applications. Students requiring couples or family accommodation are particularly advised to apply early as this is limited and in demand. 

Further information on accommodation at Green Templeton College is available on the college website.


GTC’s dining room has no High Table so students, fellows, staff and other Common Room members dine together as equals.

Hot and cold buffet lunch is available in the college's dining hall from Monday to Friday for 48 weeks of the year (excluding December/January and August closed periods). Students receive a discount when they charge lunches to their college account using their University card.

Informal dinners are held on some Tuesdays during term-time, and formal dinners are held on Wednesdays in term-time, Thursdays year-round (except for closed periods), and some Fridays. Students are entitled to some free dinners each year, which can be ‘spent’ on themselves or on guests.

Library and IT services

GTC's library is open twenty-four hours a day providing key books in all GTC subjects and quiet study spaces.

There are two computer rooms in the college in which PCs and printing facilities are available twenty-four hours a day.

Wireless internet access is available across the whole college site and annexes, including all student rooms.

Sport, music and college facilities

GTC has on-site facilities for tennis and squash, a new multi-purpose gym building, and an active boat club based around the GTC boathouse at Longbridges. The college is actively involved in a variety of sports and students are encouraged to form teams around their preferred sports if not already represented at the college.

Other college societies include the Richard Doll Medical Society, the Book Club, and an informal choir. Informal music events take place once a term.

A number of academic activities in various disciplines are based at GTC, and regular lectures take place in term-time. Funding is available for student-led academic activities, such as the annual Human Welfare Conference hosted at the college.

GTC offers a personal and professional development programme with interactive workshops to develop emotional intelligence, greater awareness of self and others, improved presentation and negotiation skills, as well as a popular personal coaching scheme.  

Facilities for students with disabilities

The lecture theatre has lift access and is fitted with a loop aerial for use with hearing aids. The dining room on the ground floor of the Observatory is fully accessible.

A limited number of parking spaces are available at college houses and at Rewley Abbey Court. 

Applicants with particular needs are encouraged to contact GTC at an early stage to discuss their requirements.


All GTC students are automatically members of the Graduate Common Room (GCR), which is the equivalent of the MCR in other colleges. Activities are based around the Stables Building in the centre of the college, which houses the student bar, lounge area and games room.

The GCR Committee organises social and sporting events throughout the year, many of which are free. These include activities specifically aimed at students with partners and/or families in Oxford.


This college accepts graduate students for the following courses:

Please note that not all subjects areas or streams of a particular course may be offered by this college. Please see the college information on the relevant course page for further details. For a comprehensive list of all graduate courses available at the University of Oxford, please refer to our courses A-Z listing

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