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Welcome to the website for the Green Templeton College Graduate Common Room (GCR)! This website serves as the central hub of information for GTC students, with information about student life, events at the College, clubs and societies, and the GCR. Green Templeton College is the youngest of all Oxford University colleges, and was formed through the merger of Green College and Templeton College in 2008. The College prides itself on having a vibrant and welcoming academic and social community.

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Green Templeton College presents…

007 The World Is Not Enough…

This summer, the beautiful grounds of Green Templeton will be transformed into the glamourous world of James Bond… The cocktails will flow from our Shaken Not Stirred Bar, The dice will roll at our Casino Royale, As you dance the night away and prepare to Die Another Day…

Tickets are now on sale from our website ball.gtc.ox.ac.uk, so get them before it’s too late.
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Explore the College

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Click on the map to discover the college.

The Gym

The gym is open from 6am – 10pm Monday to Saturday, and 7am – 8pm on Sundays (last entry 30 minutes before closing time). Individuals planning to use the gym are encouraged to check whether any sports teams have booked the gym in advance (https://sharepoint.nexus.ox.ac.uk/gtcgym). The daily timeslots of 8am – 9am and 6pm – 7pm cannot be booked by any club or group and remain available to all for open use.

The Porter's Lodge

Staffed 24 hours a day, this is the first point of call for any college- or Oxford-related questions.

Each student has a pigeonhole (mailbox) here, which should be checked regularly. The lodge is also the place to check out various sports equipment, make reservations for punting, borrow an air mattress for your guests, and get welfare supplies such as condoms (available for free on the wall opposite the pigeonholes).

If you have unwanted clothes to donate, these can also be left at the lodge, from where they will be picked up by a local charity.

For questions, call the porter’s lodge at 01865 274770.

The Tennis Courts

Reservations can be made at the lodge, and equipment and keys borrowed there too.

The Observatory

The heart of GTC - the ground floor holds the dining room, serving lunch on weekdays throughout the year, with sign up required by 11am on the day, formal dinners on Wednesdays and Thursdays during term, as well as occasional informal dinners.

The Common Room on the second floor is open to all and a great place to chill out after lunch. It is open throughout the day, with coffee, tea, and a range of papers and magazines available free of charge. This is also where pre-dinner drinks take place.

On the top floor is the tower, recently refurbished, with stunning views of Oxford. To arrange a visit please email events@gtc.ox.ac.uk.

Walton building

The ground floor houses the Library and Learning Resources Centre. In the basement you will find the college’s EP Abraham Lecture Theatre and an IT room with computers and printing facilities. Library and IT room are open 24 hours with fob access.

If you need any books the library doesn't have, and think should, librarians Kirsty and Gill are always very helpful: library@gtc.ox.ac.uk

Observer's house

Holds a number of student rooms, and is connected to the Stables Gallery and Bar.

Ground Floor: Stables Bar

The GTC bar is the ideal meeting place in the evenings, serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. It is also where GTC’s famous bops and salsa classes take place. Opening hours (0th to 10th Week during term) are Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 8-11pm; and Wednesdays and Thursdays 8-12pm.

Upstairs: Hayloft

Student chill-out lounge with couches, TV, DVD, Wii, and table football (keys to some of these can be obtained at the lodge). A range of non-academic books and DVDs, donated by previous students, are available on the shelves as an informal lending library.
Towards the back of the room there are also 5 computers for student use, as well as a printer/scanner.

Stables Galleries

This connects the Stables Bar and Observer’s House and is an open space for students to hang out, including a free hot drinks machine, couches, TV and small kitchen area. There are often exhibitions in this space, too.

The Rotunda

A picturesque 24 hour study space. Next to the rotunda you can exit the college towards the Maths department. For a short-cut to Walton Street and Jericho use your fob to open the gate to the right of the rotunda.

The Squash Courts

Reservations can be made at the lodge, and equipment and keys borrowed there too.

The Gardens

Unlike other Oxford colleges, at GTC we are permitted and encouraged to use the beautiful gardens, with benches that are great for sunbathing in the summer. There is also a back exit from the gardens, past the gym, leading onto Observatory Street – a handy short cut into Jericho (fob access).

Kawasaki room

This college meeting room can be booked for by contacting events@gtc.ox.ac.uk.

College Offices

This building houses some important offices, such as the senior tutor, student administrator, accommodation manager, and fees administrator. The Barclay Room is upstairs, another large meeting room that can be booked through events@gtc.ox.ac.uk.

The ground floor also has a printer to which files can be sent remotely. Prints are released by swiping your student card.

Nurse’s Room

Jane Lambert, the College Nurse, is available for drop-in sessions during term time on Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30 – 6pm and Fridays 12:45 – 2:15pm, and can be contacted at nurse@gtc.ox.ac.uk. Enter the building through the second door on the McAlpine Quad, and go immediately through the next door ahead of you, then turn left to find the Nurse’s room.

Fellowship House

For any IT-related questions stop by the IT office downstairs. This building also houses the most centrally located toilets in college.

For students living onsite, there is a laundry room to the left of the main entrance. Payment cards to operate the washers and dryers can be purchased at the porter’s lodge.

Per Saugman reading room

A 24 hour study space adjacent to the Observatory.

Doll building

On-site student accommodation, read more here.

Welfare

Welfare at GTC focuses on your well-being, be it academic, emotional, physical, mental, spiritual or financial. We hope to help you with whatever you might need to thrive in Oxford. During the year, the Welfare Team runs a variety of events promoting the individual and collective welfare of college members. These include dinners and discussions, social events for various student populations (don't worry, they're open to all, even if you don’t think you "fit" the group's description), exam and viva preparation, guest speakers, Sunday brunches, and much more.

You'll be introduced to some of the key welfare people in the GCR below. Click on the photos for e-mail addresses. Don't ever hesitate to get in touch, we're here to support you!

The college also has some great resources and more information on welfare, including how to get in touch with a doctor, our college nurse, our pastoral advisor, or harassment advisors.

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Junior Deans

Our Junior Deans, Madeline Nightingale and Aase Villadsen, are the first points of contact for students experiencing problems that affect their welfare, no matter how big or small they are. This can range from conflicts with housemates to harassment, eating disorders, depression or other problems. They are happy to advise you, and they can put you in touch with a professional counsellor, self-help groups or other support services in Oxford.
Madeline and Aase's confidential office hours during term time (Weeks 0-9) are on Thrusdays, from 8 to 9 pm, in the Nurse's Room in the New Block. They are on call 24/7 for emergencies on the following number: 07786 684 423.

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Welfare Team

You may know us best as the group that puts on the Sunday brunches, which are one of the many things that make our student body known for its collegiality. The GCR Welfare Team also helps keep the welfare supplies stocked in the Porter's Lodge. If you need condoms or other sexual health supplies, please check the box on top of the laundry card machine. Finally, we offer a listening ear if you would like to have someone to bounce any concerns or issues with.

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Peer Support

Our peer supporters are trained supporters who are happy to speak with you about anything that is concerning you. Often it can simply help to get things off of your chest or to know that someone is willing to listen and take time to understand what is on your mind. Each Peer Supporter has received 30 hours of training by the University's Counselling Service.

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Sports & Societies

Sports

GTC has a vibrant community, which encompasses a variety of associations relating to sporting activities. These include Boat, Squash, Football and Basketball clubs, as well as self-defence and yoga classes. Our students also get involved in rugby, hockey, cricket, table tennis, swimming and other sports.

Find out more about each of the GTC sport clubs and our facilities by clicking on the appropriate icon. The associations will also be presented during the Sports & Societies BBQ, held during the Freshers Fortnight, with a possibility to sign up. If you are interested in University-wide Sports and Societies, visit the Oxford University Student’s Union “Fresher’s Fair”, held at the beginning of each Michaelmas Term.

If you would like to start a new sports club, society, or charities & development initiative, you’re more than welcome! Please contact our sports officer or for more information.

Green Templeton Boat Club (GTBC)

Despite being the youngest boat club on the Isis River, GTBC has had a successful first few years, encompassing more than 50 members and winning several internal and external regattas since its inception in 2008. The club’s activities are centered around its boathouse at Longbridges. The club has dedicated and well-loved coaches who teach novices the sport of rowing, and enhance and refine the technique of more experienced rowers. Socially, the club enjoys regular social events throughout the term, including formal dinners following Christ Church Regatta, Torpids, and Summer Eights. GTBC welcomes rowers and coxswains of all levels: whether you have years of experience or have never rowed in your life, get involved! Visit the website (www.gtbc.org.uk) to find out more.

Sign up here for our taster sessions!

Green Templeton Squash Club (GTSC)

Established in 2010, the Green Templeton Squash Club (GTSC) is a new and exciting part of college life. The College maintains a newly-refurbished squash court on-site, allowing easy access for players all year round, rain or shine.

In addition to social matches throughout the year, GTSC competes with both Men’s and Women’s teams in the inter-collegiate league during Michaelmas and Hilary terms. There are typically five matches per term during the squash season. GTSC’s teams have been rapidly rising through the divisions since the club’s founding and are building a strong reputation for the college. Coached practice sessions are held on a weekly basis during term for players interested in improving their technique. In addition to practices and matches, players are free to organize friendly games at their convenience.

On the social side, the club organizes playful events for its members throughout the term and also includes regular group matches against other colleges. This year the club will also organize the first social squash tournament for students and fellows of Green Templeton.

If you are interested in learning more about GTSC, see the official website here.

Basketball

GTC basketball team is very inclusive, with players from several different countries and differing playing levels. Are you someone who played organised basketball growing up but stopped once you got to university? Come along and get back into it! Are you someone who’s always wanted to play and improve your skills? We’ll help you improve! We run weekly indoor training sessions so please get in touch and come along! Or, come along to our games and support us and join us for a beer afterwards! To get involved, contact Ryan (ryan.glasgo@gtc.ox.ac.uk).

Football

GTC football welcomes new players of a variety of disciplines and nationalities, and the club remains a popular way also for student spouses to get involved in college life. For Men’s football – contact Joe (josephfeyertag@gmail.com), for Women’s football – contact Rachel (rachel.clement@wadh.ox.ac.uk) or Constance (constance.vanstroud@wadh.ox.ac.uk).

Rugby

GTC members are welcome to play rugby with men’s team at Worcester college. For this, please contact Jake (jake.langmead-jones@worc.ox.ac.uk). For general rugby inquiries within GTC, please get in touch with Jesse (jesse.vandergrient@gtc.ox.ac.uk).

Self-defence

Learn self-defence techniques that will help you to handle both verbal and physical confrontations. It usually mixes various fighting methods based on martial arts to defend yourself in case of mugging and avoid dangerous situations in the street. A particular focus should also be given to fitness conditioning and mental understanding. It is very important that everyone can benefit from it. So women, men, beginners and advanced are all very welcome to join and train! Contact Matthieu: matthieu.mariapragassam@gtc.ox.ac.uk

Yoga

The GCR runs weekly yoga classes with a qualified instructor. To find out more, contact vp-welfare@gtcgcr.org

Other sports at GTC

GTC members are actively involved with cricket, croquet, tennis, table tennis, running and golf. The college also has great sporting facilities including the on-site gym, squash courts and tennis courts. Moreover, GTC members are entitled to free swimming pool and pulse gym membership at Iffley Road Sports Centre (http://www.sport.ox.ac.uk/facilities/iffley-road/) – just go to the reception and show your University Card! To find out more, contact Tomek (sports-societies@gtcgcr.org).

Occasionally sport clubs book the gym, so please make sure you check the booking schedule.

Competing with the Blues

GTC students who represent the University at sport and are awarded a Blue may claim up to £250 towards their sports expenses (within a period of three years). Sports expenses covers equipment, travel, subscriptions, etc incurred in course of training for and competing in a Blues team. The claim for expenses must be supported by original receipts, which must be submitted when the claim is made. Please contact Tomek (sports-societies@gtcgcr.org) for more information.

Societies

For non-sporting activities, GTC holds regular Book Club and Wine Tasting sessions and gathers students interested in human welfare, singing, art or Salon discussions.

Find out more about our societies by clicking on the appropriate icon. The associations will also be presented during the Sports & Societies BBQ, held during the Freshers Fortnight, with a possibility to sign up. If you are interested in University-wide Sports and Societies, visit the Oxford University Student’s Union “Fresher’s Fair”, held at the beginning of each Michaelmas Term.

If you would like to start a new society or charities & development initiative, you’re more than welcome! Please contact our sports officer or for more information.

Book Club

Book Club – The GTC Book Club meets twice a term to discuss modern novels that are available in paperback. Meetings are open to all members of the College and their guests. Books for discussion are agreed by members of the club. Any member may propose a book to be read, on the basis that either they, or someone they know, are willing to introduce it. If you are interested, please just come along. You will find a very warm welcome, sherry or orange juice and a lively discussion. Several members dine in College after meetings. Meetings are normally held on Thursdays at 6.00pm in the Fellows’ Room off the Common Room. Details of future dates and books will be listed in the Events Calendar (http://www.gtc.ox.ac.uk/whats-on-calendar.html)
Please contact Paul Brankin or Mary McMenamin for more information.

Richard Doll Society

The Richard Doll Society is the medical society at GTC founded in 2008. The goals of the society include fostering the study of medicine and related subjects within the college, promoting the social and academic interests of junior and senior members alike and encouraging contact with and between alumni interested in medicine.

The Richard Doll Society holds several events a term. Amongst others, these include networking and careers evenings, lectures, alumni dinners and social nights. The events this year have been well received and popular with all who attended! 

Membership is free and available to all members of GTC. As a member you will be notified of our future events. Please contact Rachel (rachel.s.patel@gtc.ox.ac.uk) to sign up.

Choir

Have fun singing songs from popular and vibrant musicals, as well as learning traditional choral music. Fellows and students all welcome. No prior experience necessary – just turn up and be transformed into a soprano, alto, tenor or bass!
Rehearsals are normally on Sunday evenings in term-time.
If you’re thinking of coming along or would just like to learn more about the choir, please contact Clio (clio.korn@gtc.ox.ac.uk)

Wine tasting

Wine tastings are held once or twice a term at 7.30 pm, usually on Fridays. Details are listed in the Events Calendar. They are open to all members of College with a maximum of 3 guests per member. There is no official membership list, and tastings may be booked at the Lodge and paid for on the day. Some of the tastings are presented by professional members of the wine industry and some by GTC members.
Anybody who is interested in presenting a tasting or in helping with the organisation of the meetings should contact Dr Gerald Sacks through the Lodge.

Art and comic relief

This is a new group where we can share some time drawing, painting and producing artwork together and also exchange, discuss and interpret different kinds of comic art (eg graphic novels, political cartoons, standalone pieces (eg Tom Gauld, doghousediaries etc), PhD comics even). We hope this will be a good opportunity to get some relief from the stresses of work and study. We can meet once a week or every two weeks to draw and paint together and hopefully exhibit our work in GTC’s Gallery all being well. As this is a new society for 2014/15, suggestions and feedback are most welcome. Please contact Susila Davis (susila.davis@gtc.ox.ac.uk).

Human Welfare Conference

Each year, students at GTC hold the Human Welfare Conference. Learn more about it on their website: http://hwc.gtc.ox.ac.uk/

Housing

Are you thinking of living in college accommodation? Have you forgotten who your house manager is? Click on the selection below for information on each house, who is responsible for what, and pictures!

Doll House

College grounds

This is a purpose-built block of 30 rooms (small and medium) adjacent to the Observatory, with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. While rooms are relatively large, and most have a view of the lovely college gardens, Doll Building has a reputation for being quite a noisy building.

New Block

College grounds

This is a small cluster of 4 rooms (small) on the east side of the McAlpine quad, with shared kitchen an and bathroom facilities. The rooms have been recently refurbished and afford nice views of the oak tree in the McAlpine quad, but encounter quite a bit of traffic to their location above the Student Computing Room.

Observer's House

College grounds

This is a historic stone building originally built for the Director of the Observatory, which was converted into 16 rooms of varying sizes. It is connected to the Stables Bar and Management Studies Library, and has shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. These rooms have character and great views of the college grounds, but are noisy during working hours due to the construction work at the adjacent Radcliffe Infirmary Site.

Walton Building

College grounds

This is a purpose-built block of 13 rooms (small and medium) on the south side of the McAlpine Quad, with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Recently refurbished, these rooms have nice views of the McAlpine Quad and nice modern kitchens, although they do suffer from noise due to thin walls and construction at the adjacent Radcliffe Infirmary Site.

13 Norham Gardens

Off-site flats for couples

These flats are located in a quiet neighborhood next to University Parks, about a 10 minute walk from the college. The flats have varying room sizes and facilities, although none offer dishwashers or washing machines.

Rewley Abbey Court

Rewley Road

These flats are contempary 1- and 2-bedroom designs, and are conveniently located near the Said Business School and Rail Station, and a 10 minute walk from the college. These flats are notable for their large, open-air windows and their proximity to the Oxford Canal, which has a lovely walking path. These flats are also ideal for families, as there is a large common room with a pool table, a barbeque area, and parking available.

Lord Napier House

Observatory Street

A former Victorian pub with high ceilings and large windows, these rooms have shared kitchen and bath facilities, but are conveniently located around the corner from the college grounds. The building suffers from poor plumbing and dim lighting in the kitchens, but features a gym and parking.

Observatory street

Family houses

These houses are conveniently located adjacent to the college grounds, and offer flats of varying sizes. While these houses benefit from their great location next to the college and Jericho, many are in need of renovation and new decor.

5 St. Margaret's Road

Student-shared houses

All of the houses on St. Margaret's Road are former mansions converted into student housing, with rooms of varying sizes. The majority of rooms have shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, and all of the houses have lovely gardens located at the back (some have vegetable plots and fruit trees.) The houses are all relatively close the college, requiring about a 10 minute walk, and have easy access to the shops in Jericho and Summertown.

33-34 St. Margaret's Road

Student-shared houses

All of the houses on St. Margaret's Road are former mansions converted into student housing, with rooms of varying sizes. The majority of rooms have shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, and all of the houses have lovely gardens located at the back (some have vegetable plots and fruit trees.) The houses are all relatively close the college, requiring about a 10 minute walk, and have easy access to the shops in Jericho and Summertown.

38-39 St. Margaret's Road

Student-shared houses

All of the houses on St. Margaret's Road are former mansions converted into student housing, with rooms of varying sizes. The majority of rooms have shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, and all of the houses have lovely gardens located at the back (some have vegetable plots and fruit trees.) The houses are all relatively close the college, requiring about a 10 minute walk, and have easy access to the shops in Jericho and Summertown.

The Committee

President

Yunfei Yang

Hi GTC! It is my great pleasure to be your GCR President this year. Green Templeton is a vibrant, diverse and incredibly welcoming college and I am really excited to be working alongside all of you. I am a fourth year medical student travelling daily up a giant hill. I have lots of experience of living and studying in Oxford, having completed my ‘undergraduate’ half at Hertford College prior to starting clinical studies. Please feel free to drop me an email or come and speak to me at any time if you have anything you wish to discuss and I will do my best to help! Welcome to GTC!

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Treasurer

Mark Mahvi

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VP Welfare

Antonio Ji

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VP Entertainment

Helen Gao

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Male Welfare Officer

Rodrigo Moraes

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Female Welfare Officer

Genevieve Richardson

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Internal Entertainment Officer

Alice Redfern

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External Entertainment Officer

Julie Hennegan

G’day GTC! I’m a 2nd year DPhil in Social Intervention, in my second year in Oxford (hailing from the land down-under). I adore GTC, and as part of the Entz team this year I’m here to make sure you can work hard and play harder. I’m committed to bringing you the exchange dinners and events of your dreams. May we descend upon the hallowed dining halls of Oxford with joy in our hearts, opulent food in our bellies, and witty conversation in our ears!
If you’ve got ideas, wishes, hopes, exchange requests, or great jokes – don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Publicity Officer

Alastair Cockburn

Hello!

I’m Alastair – a 2nd year graduate entry medic, which is CV-friendly way of saying I had (/have) several bouts of job indecision. Despite not living in college, as a seasoned college loiterer, I may well give the impression of subsisting from behind the stables gallery sofa, so please say hello if you see someone matching the photo, usually found somewhere between the library and local co-op.

Thanks to several years of faffing I’ve had a bit of time here and at other universities and have found colleges the best part of university. It’s one of the easiest places in the world to meet a huge number of people from anywhere in the world doing something they care about and are good at, in any number of disciplines. So whether you’re approaching you’re 7th winter of college life or it’s your first experience, it’s worth making the most of it. A cliché yes, but also true that you really will get more out of it, the more events you come to and the more staff and students you know. So come to the GCR events, have lunch, use the bar, play tennis, set up new clubs and societies, bring your friends for free tea/coffee, get involved in Richard Doll or the Human Welfare Conference or GCR, hang out in the hayloft or on the quad and we can almost guarantee it’ll be a fun year.

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International Students Officer

Greg Johnson

Nathan is a graduate student from Victoria, Australia. He is studying the MBA and a resident at Rewley Abbey Court.

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Personal & Professional Development Officer

Bhagya Sivaraman

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Sports & Societies Officer

Nik Bobrovitz

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Sports & Societies Officer

Ben Fletcher

Charities and Development Officer

Chris Burningham

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Couples and Families Officer

Keiko Miyazaki

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Environmental Officer

Dominic Wyard

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LGBTQ Officer

Alex Shavick

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Couples and Families Officer

Keiko Miyazaki

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Environmental Officer

Iara Calton

Come meet the committee behind this year’s GCR! We work hard to make sure GTC is a fun and supportive environment for all students. You’ll see us around college, but do feel free to e-mail us with your thoughts, concerns, and ideas. Get to know us a little better by hovering over our pictures.

Want to help us out?
Keep an eye open for our elections, which occur in Michaelmas and Trinity every year, and run for your desired position! If there are no upcoming elections, or if you would like to help in a more informal way, do get in touch with a member of the committee and let us know you’d like to give a hand – we’re always happy with extra help.

Click here for a list of former GCR Committee members.