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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… POP ART Summer Ball 2017.

On July 1st, Green Templeton College will POP! We will be reinventing the story of Pop Art and revealing a different side to the artistic and cultural phenomenon!

From the 60s and 70s to 2017, Andy Warhol to Beyonce, this vibrant summer ball connects the dots between art produced around the world, everyday pop culture, and all the while entertain you through explosive pop music, culture, and shows!

The night will not only be popular, but also witty, sexy, glamorous, and oh so colourful! Don’t miss out on this unforgettable night and get your tickets from our website, before it’s too late!

Do you have anything you want to share with the rest of the college? Submit your item to the Grapevine here!
Having IT trouble? Get in touch with our IT Scholars!

Explore the College

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 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.


Sports & Societies


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.


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).


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).


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).


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


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.


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.


For a number of years, GTC’s choir, the Observatory Overtones, has been singing for pleasure each week of term and giving short performances at College occasions. This year, we have a new Director, Joanna Stoneham, who is a music graduate from Royal Holloway College, an accomplished pianist and an experienced choir “master”.

If you are interested in singing music from a broad range of musical styles, we would like you to join us, regardless of whether you are an experienced singer or not. There are no auditions! Rehearsals will take place on Monday evenings from 7pm to 8:30pm mostly in the Observatory Common Room.

For more information and to join the choir, please send an email to Tomek (tomasz.dobrzycki@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/


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


Peter Hurtubise

Hi! My name is Peter, and I feel so grateful to serve as your GCR President. I am originally from California, where I graduated from U.C. Berkeley. I studied Peace and Conflict Studies and then Business Administration at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. This is my second year as a DPhil student here at Oxford, focusing on Educational Policy. GTC is a powerful, diverse, creative, and kind community of leaders, committed to changing the world. We look forward to making this a meaningful and fun year of great memories!

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Alastair Cockburn


I’m Alastair – a 3rd 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 are the best part of a university. It’s one of the easiest places anywhere to meet a huge number of people from anywhere in the world doing things they care about and are good at, from a huge number of disciplines. So whether you’re approaching your 7th winter of college life or it’s your first experience, it’s worth making the most of it. And clichéd though it is, 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, organise events for the students in college, hang out in the hayloft or on the quad and we can almost guarantee it’ll be a fun year.

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VP Entertainment

Vira Ameli

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Male Welfare Officer

Filippo Bianchi

My name is Filippo, but I often go by Pip and I am a new arrival here at Green Templeton College. From the first moment I entered GTC I was overwhelmed by everybody’s sense of community, enthusiasm, energy, and by the college’s welcoming ethos. This year I am happy to serve as one of your welfare officers together with Alastair and Andrea. My main wish and aim is to help promoting an environment in GTC where everybody can easily build a strong and long lasting social network. In fact, I believe that our Oxford experience can be greatly enhanced if it is shared with friends who share with us our most glorious moments and who can support us when we are down. To achieve this goal I will work to facilitate a number of social opportunities, for example through the implementation of the new ‘100-squared’ programme. I am also one of GTC’s peer supporters, which is a group of people who is there for you, if there is anything on your mind that you would like share with somebody. At GTC you will also see me rowing and helping organising the human welfare conference. I am always happy to have a chat and to hear your thoughts about what you like and what you would improve in GTC.

My background: I was born in Milan where I lived until I was 18 years old, I then moved to Germany to study Psychology. Two years ago I moved to St Andrews where I completed an MSc in Health Psychology and then to Cambridge where I completed an MPhil in Public Health. I am currently reading for a PhD in Primary Health Care, so my department is right next to GTC.

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Female Welfare Officer

Andrea Castaño de la Torre

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Internal Entertainment Officer

Crystal Lin

Hi there! My name is Crystal Lin, and I’m from sunny Los Angeles, California. I just finished up my undergraduate degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology at UCLA, and now I’m here studying for my MSc in Global Health. I’ve found Oxford and Green Templeton to be wonderful places of opportunity. So far, my Oxonian-level achievements include: walking by the entrance of Tesco and NOT buying any of their cookies, cycling up the hill in Headington, talking about the weather for 20 minutes straight, and waking up in the early morning to use the gym…once.

So as you can see, I’m completely qualified to be your Internal Entz for the year! My job is to help create and coordinate all the fun events that happen at GTC. If you have an idea for an event that you’d like to see happen, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Let’s have an exciting and memorable year y’all!

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External Entertainment Officer

Laurienne Gardner

I’m Laurienne Gardner and the current GTC External Entz Officer: “External Entz” is responsible for organising and running all external social events which can include black tie exchange dinners, college bar or pub-crawls and wine and cheese exchanges. Basically anything that involves good food, good wine and great company you will find me at, although if not there I am either enjoying rowing for the GTC’s woman’s boat or occasionally doing some lab work for my DPhil in Cardiovascular Science!

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Publicity Officer

Adi Lees

Adi is the GCR Publicity Officer, in charge of the weekly student newsletter and other student communication. When she’s not crafting witty emails, she reads an MSc in Economics for Development. Originally from South Africa, Adi is passionate about avocados, golden retrievers, and the asymptotic behaviour of regression estimators.

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International Students Officer

Sarah Borg

Hi everyone, I’m Sarah from Adelaide, Australia. I finished my undergraduate degree in Medicine in 2012 and have been working for a few years as a junior doctor. I moved to the UK in 2014 for the fabulous weather and undertook a Master of Public Health. I then worked/travelled for a year before moving to Oxford to study an MSc in Evidence Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation. I put Green Templeton as my first college preference as I heard they have the best food. I’m an Oxford Siren (i.e. on the Oxford cheer team) and spend all of my spare time eating and travelling.

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Personal & Professional Development Officer

Amad Piracha

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Sports & Societies Officer

Sanja Brolih

Hi! My name is Sanja and I am your new Sports and Societies Officer at GTC. I am currently doing my DPhil in Medical Sciences. I am your first point of contact if you need any help with your club or want to help members of GTC get more involved through fun activities. I am also the women’s captain of the rowing team at GTC so if you ever need to find me, I’m likely to either be at the gym or at the Boathouse.

If you have any questions about sports and societies at GTC, feel free to contact me anytime!

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Charities and Development Officer

Alex Christopher


My name is Alex and I am your Charities and Development Officer! I’m from a small town called Adelaide in South Australia that is actually quite well-represented at Oxford. I have a background in social and education policy and am therefore here doing the Masters with the longest title: ‘Evidence-Based Social Interventions and Policy Evaluation’. I have been thoroughly impressed by all of the wonderful work that people at GTC are involved in and hope to learn more and support you and your causes this year. In my spare time, as our publicity officer once wrote, I like long walks to get bargains from the co-op and hucking frisbees in the rain.

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Environmental Officer

Juliette Buet

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Diversity, Equality and LGBTQ+ Officer

Noon Altjani Osman Abbakar

Hi everyone
My name is Noon (yes, like 12 o’clock), from Sudan. And I serve as the diversity, equality and LGBTQ+ officer on the GCR, GTC is a very diverse community with a lot of space for creativity. Together we the GCR we aim to showcase and mainstream this diversity, promote a friendly, inclusive environment.
I am a physician by training and currently doing my masters on Global health. I live on-site and you will see me around the collage at the library, stables gallery but rarely at the gym. Actually, never.

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Couples and Families Officer

Penny Ehrhardt

Penny is a DPhil student in Law from New Zealand, and mum to a teenager. Penny is incredibly grateful to GTC for the warmth of its welcome to students with families, and wants to continue and advance that tradition. She is particularly keen to support students who are single-parents and those with older children. She is also committed to supporting all student parents, their children and partners (including same-sex partners) through events, advice, advocacy, information and ensuring GCR deliberations always include consideration of family participation.

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Couples and Families Officer

Lynn Davies

My name is Lynn Davies and I am proud to be one of the GCR’s two Couples and Families Representatives for the 2016/17 academic year. In addition to being an MSc candidate in Evidence-Based Social Intervention & Policy Evaluation, I am a mother to my one-year-old daughter Clio. As a spouse and parent myself, I am aware of the unique challenges facing student parents and am committed to facilitating our involvement in college life. As a result, our priorities for this year include opening a wider range of college activities to spouses and children, removing structural barriers to family involvement with such initiatives as the installation of baby-changing facilities on-site, and strengthening the student parent network through a range of family-centred events. Penny and I are also committed to advocating on behalf student parents with regards to housing, childcare, and related college matters.

If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions to help GTC improve the experience of its families, free to contact me at lynn.davies@spi.ox.ac.uk. My family and I are based at Rewley Abbey Court near the Said Business School, and will be hosting many of the upcoming family-friendly events.

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Webmaster / IT Officer

Patrick Gildersleve

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Bonnie Gammer

Hello. My name is Bonnie and I am your GCR secretary. I am in charge of making sure your committee are working together for you! This mainly involves sending them lots of emails and organising meetings. I am also working on improving communications between the GCR committee and wider GCR community- so every individual in college can easily raise ideas and be heard. When I am not GCR secretary, I am a second year Graduate Entry Medic.

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Professional Students Officer

Olivier Bindo

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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.