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Royal visit to Kellogg strengthens partnership with Foundation

March 6, 2020

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales officially receives the Bynum Tudor Fellowship and meets representatives of the new Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation which is supported by The Prince’s Foundation.

On a visit to the College, he formally received the Bynum Tudor Fellowship in recognition of his championing of sustainability and community in approaches to urban development over the last 30 years.

Prior to the presentation, The Prince of Wales met with Kellogg President Jonathan Michie and was introduced to other Bynum Tudor Fellows. He then visited The Hub, where he met Kellogg students, academics, and alumni of the University of Oxford’s graduate programmes in Sustainable Urban Development and Evidence Based Healthcare, who are at the forefront of the College’s new Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation, which is supported by The Prince’s Foundation. The Prince said:

‘’I could not be more delighted with the formation of the new Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation – a partnership between Kellogg College and my Foundation.  The impact of urbanisation on human health, on wellbeing and prosperity are so clear that it is surprising, to say the least, that very little research seems to exist in this area. The Centre’s potential though for convening and coordinating evidence-based research that makes the connections between urban form and human health could not, therefore, be more timely and critical.’’ 

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The Prince had previously visited Kellogg three years ago, just after the opening of the Hub – the University’s first building constructed to Passivhaus standards of sustainability. Welcoming his return visit The President of Kellogg College, Professor Jonathan Michie, said:

‘’Each year Kellogg appoints one additional Bynum Tudor Fellow. We are absolutely delighted this year to be honouring, because of his tireless work promoting sustainability and wellbeing, His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales.’’

The Prince went on to remark upon the prominence of social prescribing as an area of focus for the Centre, reflecting exactly issues addressed by his Foundation’s Health and Wellbeing Centre at Dumfries House in Scotland.

Simon Sadinsky, deputy executive director of The Prince’s Foundation, said the work of the Global Centre could not come at a more critical time. He said:

“The work at the centre is going to be crucial in understanding how these two disciplines are interlinked in the daily lives of millions of people. Globally, the population is growing, ageing

and increasingly located in urban centres. With this demographic shift comes great challenges and with poor urban development comes poorer health outcomes from air pollution and housing-related health risks. 

“There is a growing realisation that where you live is just as important to your health as diet and exercise. Urban development is therefore key to realising the potential for towns and cities to be health-generating places.”

Professor Carl Heneghan, co-director of the Global Centre of Healthcare and Urbanisation, said:

“Never has it been so important to understand the link between our surroundings and our health. We are witnessing the most dramatic of convergences between environmental, economic and social global crises to create a perfect storm. An increasing proportion of the world’s population are becoming city dwellers, likely to reach 70 per cent by 2050 – that’s 2.5 billion more people living in urban areas than today.’’

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