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 most 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 initiatives, including the Oxford Health Experiences Institute, 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.
Collaboration and interaction between students and fellows is actively encouraged and supported, with this dynamism symbolised by a single common room and dining room. Friendly and informal, the diverse college community forms the backdrop for a lively academic and social scene.
After extensive consultation with students and staff, GTC introduced a 'no smoking zone' on its main site and in all annexes in September 2015.
Accommodation and meals
GTC normally expects to be able to provide up to two years’ accommodation for all students who request it, and approximately 43% 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 six free dinners per year, which can be ‘spent’ on themselves or on guests.
Library and IT services
GTC's recently-refurbished Library, part of the new Advanced Studies Centre, combines access to key texts in all GTC subjects with quiet workspace in a modern, tranquil environment.
Full access to the library's online catalogues and databases is provided, with instruction in use of the system available if required.
Docking stations and printing facilities are available for student use in the Advanced Studies Centre. A small number of workstations are also available in social areas.
Wireless internet access is available across the site, including all student rooms on the college site and in annexes.
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. Currently the college also has active football and Ultimate Frisbee teams, and students are encourage 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 research centres 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 in advance 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, including activities specifically aimed at students with partners and/or families in Oxford.