Academic, Personal and Professional Development

The Academic, Personal and Professional Development (APPD) Programme is curated for Green Templeton students by the Senior Tutor and Student Engagement Coordinator, along with the College Office and Academic Initiatives Office. The mission of the programme is to enable students to find their fellow travelers during their academic and personal journeys during their time at Green Templeton College.

This programme works to engage and equip students to grow personally, excel in their academic journey, and to practice intentional citizenship. There are three pillars upon which the APPD is erected upon: Personal Growth, Citizenship, and Supporting the Academic Journey. We understand each to be:

  • Personal Growth as fostering a supportive environment for students to discover themselves and their place in the world around them
  • Citizenship: Students will engage in initiatives that promote engagement with the program, college community, civic life, and global citizenship through developing a social consciousness in order to pursue and uphold human welfare
  • Supporting the Academic Journey: allows students the space to engage in intellectual exploration outside the classroom to pursue life-long learning and curiosity

If you have an idea of a particular session that would fulfil one or more of these pillars, email

Forthcoming events

Check back for details of events taking place in Michaelmas Term 2022.

Past events

Student research presentations

Thursday 12 May 2022 from 17:00, Barclay room
Thursday 26 May 2022 from 17:00, Barclay room 

We have a number of students from various programmes, disciplines and year groups who will present their research to a supportive and engaged audience. The purpose of these presentations is for students to practice their presentation skills and delivery to a general academic audience and to receive helpful and constructive feedback.

DPhil Drinks

Thursday 26 May 2022 from 19:00, Stables Bar
To celebrate the final term of the academic year and the wonderful research presentations, we will be holding our final Drinks for research students and DPhils in the Stables Bar. All are encouraged to join!
Register here

DPhil Supervisor and Supervisee Thank You Dinner

Wednesday 16 March 2022 from 18:00
If you are a final year DPhil student, you will soon receive an invitation to this dinner.

Doodling for your Academic Journey

Tuesday 15 March 2022 from 17:30 to 19:00, in-person
GTC’s Artist-in-Residence Weimin He will lead students in a guided lesson on doodling. Weimin’s interest in how art and unscripted artistic practice can affect the brain has led him to begin his own meditative practice in doodling. Weimin will walk you through examples of modern master’s drawings/doodles by Picasso, Joan Miro and Paul Klee, and more! You will not only learn how to use Doodling as a practice for yourself, but leave with a better understanding of the concept of modern art and its approaches.
Register now

Masters and DPhil Networking Session: Peer-2-Peer Support Series

Monday 14 March 2022 from 19:00 to 20:00, in-person
Take this opportunity to meet fellow students doing research degrees; chat about your experiences and learn from each other!
No registration required!

DPhil Cookies and Cocktails

Thursday 10 March 2022 from 18:30, Stables Bar
Come join your fellow GTC DPhil peers from various areas of study! This is a great opportunity to meet new people and to find solidarity in your shared Dphil journey.
Register now

Research Students’ Reflective Session

Thursday 3 March 2022 from 17:00 to 18:00, Barclay Room
If you joined in this session during Michaelmas Term, you have been invited to continue via email.
Unfortunately, this session is at capacity.

Personal Branding and Networking

Tuesday 1 March 2022 from 17:00 to 18:30, Barclay Room
An interactive workshop helping you uncover your values and passions and look at practical ways to craft a personal brand for greater personal and professional success.
Register now

CV Writing Workshop: Peer-2-Peer Support Series

Monday 28 February 2022 from 19:00 to 20:00, Zoom and in-person
Come to a hands-on session on how to create the best CV for both employment and further education within and outside of the UK.
No Registration Required!

Diversity Dinner: LGBTQ+ History Month Celebration

Wednesday 23 February
Come join us for a wonderful evening to celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month! A full vegan and alcohol-free meal, each course will be accompanied by poetry by members of the LGBTQ+ community. Drinks in the bar after dinner will include scrumptious alcoholic and non-alcoholic options while perusing the Stables Bar full of poetry and art celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and History Month.
Sign up for spots at dinner using the normal meal booking system

Academic Writing Workshop

Tuesday 22 February from 15:00 to 18:00 in person
Join fellow Professor Alan Silman in this exercise-led workshop is to provide an introduction to producing high quality academic writing outputs from your research and is suitable for students both for whom English is, and is not, their first language. Using in-class feedback and model answers, attendees will learn how to write concisely and how to structure an article.
Register now

Managing Professional Relationships

Tuesday 8 February from 17:30 to 19:00 on Zoom
Join our resident Career Coach, Heather Kirkup, as she leads students through understanding professional relationships and how to manage difficult conversations. If you joined us last term for our session on working within power dynamics, this is a great follow up session!
Register now

Coping with the Oxford DPhil, The Student Perspective: Peer-2-Peer Support Series

Wednesday 9 February 2022 from 19:00 to 20:00, Zoom
Join your peers to learn from their experiences as they share with you how they’re making it through their DPhil, strategies that have worked for them, and solidarity in your own student journey! This is a great way to meet people on your same journey and get your questions answered.
Register now

Other opportunities

The Human Welfare Conference

The annual Human Welfare Conference at Green Templeton College brings together leading student-scholars from Britain and Europe to debate important welfare issues that have real-world ramifications.

The conference seeks to encourage and recognise original work in human welfare, foster dialogue on current research and develop scholarly networks both within and outside the University.

The conference committee is made up entirely of Green Templeton students, who get the opportunity to plan and deliver a major conference including budget management, programme planning and project management.

Find out more about the Human Welfare Conference.

Support with quantitative research methods

Are you planning a survey/questionnaire as part of your research? We have an expert in survey design and statistical analysis in College. Discussing your survey before you send it out will help you to avoid common errors and will maximise the analytical potential of your data. Once you have collected your survey data, you may want to discuss your proposed analysis, to ensure that you are getting the most out of your data. For stats help, please contact Dr Coral Milburn-Curtis ( Coral has also created a set of resources for students which can be accessed via the College intranet

GCR Personal and Professional Development Officer

Each year, a member of the Graduate Common Room (GCR) is elected as a Personal and Professional Development Officer. The P&PD Officer has a budget to develop their own programme of events. In the past this has included workshops on leadership, mindfulness, CV writing, influencing people, interview skills, and much more.

Management in Medicine Shadowing Programme

The shadowing element of the Management in Medicine Programme provides medical students, doctors-in-training in the Thames Valley area, postgraduate students and others with an interest in healthcare management, with an opportunity to shadow a senior manager in healthcare, or social services for approximately two half-days.

The purpose of the shadowing is to give an insight into the activities of managers, how they go about them and the issues on which they work.

Find out more about Shadowing Programme.

“Thank you for the amazing opportunity and resources to organise this conference. We got to know inspiring professionals, academics and fellow students from a multiplicity of different disciplines and discuss issues that matter to us and the college community as a whole.”

Human Welfare Conference Chairs 2017

“Coaching was one of the highlights of my year at Oxford. My coach was so talented at helping me think through the areas where I needed work and at helping me challenge myself to create new ways to reach my goals. “

A Green Templeton College Coachee 2016