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October: Working with state school teachers

Balliol begins pilot project with teachers; Fellow wins Suffrage Science award; student wins programming prize; Annual Record 2018 arrives; Balliol Christmas card goes on sale.

September: Oxford is world No. 1 for third time

Oxford University keeps top spot in THE rankings; Balliol is in Norrington top ten again; alumnus' Genomics company gets £25m funding; first new accommodation block at Master's Field is up; a reminder about benefits available to Old Members.

August: OM wins medals at Transplant Games

Balliol's ten-year refurbishment programme; one alumnus wins medals in the British Transplant Games, another does a show at the Edinburgh fringe; two students have made an Oxplore video; Recognition of Distinction awards for Balliol Fellows; Floreat access programme news; death of a Foundation Fellow.

July: New Fellows of the British Academy 

Two Old Members become FBAs; Former history tutor John Prest dies; former RF David Clifton receives Innovation Award; former lecturer Chas Bountra is appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research); update on the Master's Field Project; plus news of forthcoming events, alumni publications and news of Balliol online

June: Floreat Domus is here

 A new edition of the College magazine; Emeritus Fellow wins Tang Prize; awards for alumni; Ballio''s new Improv Group; DPhil student reports discoveries in evolution; Balliol joins Facebook.

May: Academic excellence, admissions and access

Oxford admissions report; teaching awards for Balliol tutors; Supreme Court appointment for the Visitor; summer eights and other sporting news; Royal Society elections; return of the Brackenbury lion.

April: Balliol has a new admissions video

 New undergraduate admissions video; female undergraduate of the year; Holywell Manor festival; benefactors' names unveiled; Royal Society appointment; ground broken at Master's Field.

March: Refugee scholarship awarded

 Professor Sir Drummond Bone sends alumni a farewell video message; the Annual Report 2018 is published; snow hits Torpids, and other sporting news; JRF gets award for his work on evolutionary biology; alumnus gets fellowship at world-leading US neutron science facility.

February: Building begins at the Master's Field

 Honorary Fellow Sir Henry Brooke dies; Balliol leads colleges in making gift to the Jewish community; one student wins a prize for a photo of a single atom, another is elected to the presidence of the Model European Parliament; three alumni take silk and another contributes to British Library project. 

January: Balliol alumna to be first female Warden of Rhodes House 

Interview with the new Master; visit from Tsinghua University; student reaches world finals of programming competition; alumni variously receive honours, Legion d'Honneur, selection as first female warden of Rhodes House.


December: Happy Christmas to the Balliol community

The Library holds a Christmas quiz; Balliol acquires A.C. Bradley manusript; major EU grant for engineering project; student performs in Out of the Blue Christmas single.

November: New Master takes oath

The new Master is presented to the Visitor; Master's Retirement Tea; repairs at the Boathouse; awards for Fellows and Old Members; student in global programming contest; alumni invited to take part in survey. 

October: Portrait of the Master unveiled 

 A new portrait of the Master is unveiled; Chaplain comments on JCR motion; student wins journalism competition; graduate students win teaching awards; Old Members receive British Academy award and Fulbright Scholarship.

September: Oxford is ranked best in world again

Oxford is No. 1 in THE university rankings; prospective applicants flock to Balliol for the latest Open Day; achievements for two Fellows; major physics award for an alumnus.

August: Forty-four firsts in finals

Balliol holds its place in the Norrington top ten; Honorary Fellow receives prize for Eliot anthology; Fremantle murals are restored; and alumnus produces first feature film.

July: New Master announced

Graduate students organise a stimulating and innovative multi-disciplinary event at Ditchley Park, alumnus is awarded the Fulbright scholarship and Honorary Fellow celebrates his centennial birthday. 

June: Student wins $100,000 prize for creative thinking

Twelve students are taking Peer Gynt to the Edinburgh Fringe, ten alumni were elected as MPs in the June election, and Fellow receives award in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. 

May: A run of sporting successes

Balliol Boat Club's M1 gets Blades, alumnus is nominated for a BAFTA, and Politics Fellow records a podcast on the French presidential election. 

April: University Challenge champions

Balliol Choir goes on tour in Sicily, planning permission for more student accommodation has been granted, and student wins award for 'most proming' scientist.

March: University Challenge team through to semi-finals

Two Balliol students are competing in the Boat Race, Chapel windows are restored, and alumna is made a Fellow of the Orwell Prize.

February: Cressida Dick appointed Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police

Balliol Football Club has been promoted to the Premier Division, alumna wins a prestigious British Council Award, and alumna leads project to make Palestianian History resources more accessible.

January: Vice-Chancellor to speak at the Jowett Bicentenary Seminar

Balliol professor leads the research on preventing and treating cancer, alumni featured in the New Year Honours List, and Emeritus Professor discusses Secular Buddhism.


December:  Balliol choristers celebrate festive season with charity carols

Oxford women win Varsity, Balliol University Challenge team are through to the quarter finals, and new research shows threat to lion population

November: Balliol lawyers give expert opinion on Brexit

Balliol wins Cross-Country cuppers, Balliol alumnus appointed Vicar of the University Church, and Balliolites participate in new theatre production

October: 2,000 women at Balliol

Annual Record 2016 available, propaganda bots, and Balliol Old Member becomes World Masters Track Cycling Championship winner

September: Oxford ranks first in the world

Collegiate system contributes to Oxford's No. 1 ranking in the world, the first bictoin donation, and the first Chinese Rhodes Scholar joins Balliol

August: Balliol's 2016 University Challenge team

Quantum technologies, and student success in exams.

July: Video of Balliol in 1987 found

Suggested reading for year 9-10 English Literature students, Recognition of Distinction awards 2016, new men's eight for Boat Club

June: Master becomes a Pro Vice-Chancellor

Success in sport and the Queen's Birthday Honours

May: A new painting for Hall

Tilden Prize for Balliol Fellow, Floreat Domus 2016, OUSU Teaching Awards

April: Memoir of Maurice Keen and Andrew Graham on the EU referendum

Theatre awards, intercollegiate golf and mathematics competitions

March: Memorial for Carol Clarke

Emeritus Fellow to be Master of Christ's College, Young Journalist of the Year, the Australian Grand Prix

February: Working to solve the refugee crisis

Working to solve the refugee crisis, Lord Avebury, and Chemistry award for a Balliol Fellow

January: New Year Honours for Balliol Old Members

Honours for Balliol OMs, a Lifetime Achievement Award for Piers Nye


December: Celebrating 60 Years of Pathfinders

Meritorious Service Medal for Balliol OM, Parliament's role in voting on the Syrian Conflict

November: Breakthrough Prize for Balliol Physicists

Prizes in Physics and Neurology, a look at Swinburne at Balliol

October: World record for Balliol buggy marathon mother

The extraordinary life of Stephanie Shirley, Denis Healey obituary and a buggy marathon record

September: French Philosophy and Varsity rugby

How the French Think, September Telethon and a visual feast in the Garden Quad

August: Norrington Table success

Balliol back in the Norrington top 5, awards and fellowships for Balliol Old Members

July: Free Thinking Fellows

Recognition of Distinction awards for Balliol Fellows, remembering Prof Martin West

June: Remembering Carol Clark

Tributes to Carol Clark, Honours for Balliol Old Members

May: New Generation Thinkers

Election success for Balliol Old Members, new University Vice-Chancellor

April: Balliol women in historic boat race victory

Balliol in women's boat race win, Spring telethon raises over £185,000

March: Refurbished Buttery welcomes guests

Buttery refurbishment, boxing champions and cuppers triumph

February: Research in tiger conservation

Balliol research calls for new approach in tiger conservation, prizes and sporting success

January: JCR brewing own 'Balliale'

New Year's Honours, brewing beer with the JCR


December: Varsity Triumph

Balliol at the Varsity Match, the multiverse in a nutshell

November: The mathematics of beauty

Exploring 'Why are things Beautiful', the new Cherry Record Greene Archive

October: New Balliol Professors

Four Balliol Fellows appointed Professor, new access programme at Balliol

September: Luther, Dreams and the Reformation

September Telethon success, Cockatoos go to carpentry school