Templeton College, Oxford
Templeton College was one of the constituent colleges
Colleges of the University of Oxford
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 of the University of Oxford
University of Oxford
The University of Oxford is a university located in Oxford, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest surviving university in the world and the oldest in the English-speaking world. Although its exact date of foundation is unclear, there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096...

, England
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. It was an all-graduate college, concentrating on the recruitment of students in business and management studies.

The college was founded in 1965 as the Oxford Centre for Management Studies. The College was based at Egrove Park in Kennington
Kennington, Oxfordshire
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, south of Oxford. Its buildings were opened in 1969, and were awarded listed status in 1999. It was renamed Templeton College in 1983 as a result of a donation from Sir John Templeton
John Templeton
Sir John Marks Templeton was an American-born British stock investor, businessman and philanthropist.-Biography:...

, in honour of his parents, Harvey Maxwell and Vella Handly Templeton. Initially a "society of entitlement" in the University, Templeton College began admitting graduate students in 1984 and became a full graduate college of the University by Royal Charter
Royal Charter
A royal charter is a formal document issued by a monarch as letters patent, granting a right or power to an individual or a body corporate. They were, and are still, used to establish significant organizations such as cities or universities. Charters should be distinguished from warrants and...

 in 1995.

In November 2005, the College transferred its executive education business to the Saïd Business School
Saïd Business School
Saïd Business School is the business school of the University of Oxford in England, located on the north side of Frideswide Square on the former site of Oxford Rewley Road railway station. It is the University's centre of learning for graduate and undergraduate students in business, management...


On 26 February 2007, two bombs were found planted at Templeton College. An animal rights
Animal rights
Animal rights, also known as animal liberation, is the idea that the most basic interests of non-human animals should be afforded the same consideration as the similar interests of human beings...

 campaigner was convicted of conspiracy to commit arson in February 2009.

On 3 July 2007 it was announced that Templeton College would merge with Green College
Green College, Oxford
Green College was a graduate college of the University of Oxford in England. It was centred around an architecturally appealing 18th century building: the Radcliffe Observatory, which is modelled after the ancient "Tower of the Winds" in Athens....

 with effect from 1 October 2008 to form Green Templeton College
Green Templeton College, Oxford
Green Templeton College is a constituent college of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. It is the university's newest college having come into existence on 1 October 2008 from the merger of Green College and Templeton College...

, based on the existing Green College site. Templeton's former site at Egrove Park remains in use by Said Business School as its Executive Education Centre.

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