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September: Academic successes and endeavours

Two Royal Society medals; three new Fellows of the British Academy; new Montague Burton Chair; Floreat programme news; 'Balliol and Empire' project - proceeds of slavery report published, and Library exhibition with supporting catalogue, film and teachers' seminar; science prize for alumnus; two alumni appointments in Department of Education; 44.5 of undergraduates achieve firsts; DPhil students awarded RHS research fellowship and Early Career Investigator Award.

July: Welcome to new alumni

In-person graduation for medics; student's musical is performed; two finalists create film; IEA appointment for Dr Forder; maths tutor becomes Senior Fellow of HEA; alumnus nominated to US administration; alumnus receives Dispute Settlement Award; play about 1900s student feud is to be performed.

June: Prizes and honours

Fellow wins Wolfson History Prize; Honorary Fellow wins Körber Prize; Birthday Honours for three alumni; death of Honorary Fellow; Master's Field completed; new videos for Virtual Open Days; Summer Eights.

May: 20 years of the Oxford Internet Institute

OII's 20th anniversary; student and College work together on law access events; high impact research by Professor Tan; conference on work of Professor Green; new book by Professor Goldin; alumna wins PeaceWoman Award; alumnus wins ethics award; student wins Oxford County Council election

April: Welcome back to our students

College reopens for Trinity Term; two Fellows shortlisted for Wolfson Prize for history; new pavilion takes shape; talk on classical Indian music by Honorary Fellow; alumna interviewed by alumnus; student interviews MP to mark Stephen Lawrence Day; another wins programming contest. 

March: Professor David Brink FRS 1930-2021

Death of Emeritus Fellow and physicist David Brink; Master calls for lifelong access to adult education; Springboard outreach videos go live; Impact Report is published; boatman retires; statue for Hardit Singh Malik (1912); alumna selected as New Generation Thinker; student wins digitalism journalis fellowship; another win practical ethics prize; another describes micro-internship experience.

February: Reaching out to sixth-formers

A new video project to support sixth-formers during the pandemic; death of benefactor Michael Pilch (1945); former JRF leads Oxford GAV Conservation Studio; award for Master's Lodgings; commemorating John Snell; awards for Balliol lawyers; Balliol Musical Society concert recorded performance; student celebrates Chinese New Year

January: Honours and losses

College mourns loss of Honorary Fellow Ved Mehta and Foundation Fellow Michael Warburg; alumnus awarded OBE; new accommodation at Master's Field nearly finished; new US President appoints alumna as Homeland Security Adviser; University Challenge contestant writes about the experience


December: Awards for cutting-edge research

European Research Grant for history Fellow; Research Fellow wins prize for sign language paper; an Honorary Fellow dies; the Library's Christmas quiz; alumnus given US Transition role; video of Musical Society Members' Concert; student publishes sci-fi novel.

November: Vaccine breakthrough for Oxford

Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccination is found to be effective; Outreach joins consortium to encourage university applications in East of England; new ramp into Front Quad is completed; recording of the Carol Service; Recognition of Distinction for physics Fellow; Master's Field development is in the final straight; student creates app for tracking vaccinations; Balliol is to appear in second round of University Challenge.

October: Birthday Honours for Balliol alumni

Alumni receive honours from Queen; Sudhir Hazareesingh's book is shortlisted for Ballie Gifford Prize, and other Fellows' news; College celebrates 100 years since women's admission to Oxford; College buys electric van; Dickson prize for alumnus; JCR are doing Movember.

September: Fifty-three firsts

Exam success; Virtual Open Days; death of former Eastman Fellow; Library exhibition; Fellow launches new journal; Oxford Trobador documentary; alumnus appointed director of OU's Institute for Ethics in AI; student start-up wins 'Best Overall Idea' in All-Innovate 2020; students create law tips for Freshers

August: Preparing for Michaelmas Term

Preparations for new and returning students; death of Emeritus Fellow Donald Harris; AI test for rapid screening and other COVID-19-related initiatives by Balliol people; awards and honours for Fellows and alumni; launch of climate network for alumni

July: Oxford vaccine progresses

Oxford publishes vaccine stud results; Balliol people respond to COVID-19 with research and other initiatives; deaths of Emeritus Fellow Professor Malcolm Green and Honorary Fellow Lord Hutton; new electronic gates at the Lodge; British Academy Fellowship for Professor Rosalind Thomas; VC's Education Award for Dr Vicky Neale; alumnus becomes Canada's Ambassador to the UN; one DPhil student is shortlisted for chemistry prize, another wins a funding award for a start-up.

June: Action against racism

College agrees to students' request for action against racism and discrimination; death of Honorary Fellow  Honorary Fellow Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe; progress at the Master's Field; round-up of COVID-19-related publications and initiatives by Balliol people; MCR under lockdown; organ scholar encourages applications by explaining attractions of the post.

May: Research awards for Balliol Fellows

Fellows receive funding for research in medieval English, inflammation, engineering and Spanish; deaths of a Fellow and an Honorary Fellow; an Emeritus Fellow and an alumnus describe their  experiences of supporting scholarship in the Czech and Slovak nations during the Communist regime appointments for a former Fellow and alumni; Floreat Domus is available online; Covid-19 publications by Balliol people.

April: Oxford's fight against COVID-19

Oxford's global efforts to understand coronavirus and protect our communities; College mourns death of Professor Wilfred Beckerman; Vinerian Professorship for Timothy Endicott; Balliol Fellows and students publish on and contribute to COVID-19 effort; paths in Fellows' and Master's Gardens restored; awards and appointments for alumni; two students describe their 'year abroad' experiences.

March: College remains open for students who cannot leave

Master's message on consequences of coronavirus panedemic for Balliol; refurbishment of the Lodge is complete; Mauritian honour for Dr Sudhir Hazareesingh; Cozzarelli Prize for Dr Derek Moulton; International Women' Day dinner in Hall; Impact Report 2020 is published; new online lectures announced.

February: Celebration for Professor Endicott

Balliol lawyers hold celebration moot for Professor Endicott; a Balliol feud is the subject of a London play; the Chef reports on developments in the Kitchen; Master's Field development nears completion of phase one; Honorary Fellow George Steiner dies; awards for alumni; two Balliol women are chosen for the Lightweight Blue Boat.

January: Balliol Women - the video

A new video celebrating Balliol women; Balliol people in New Year Honours List; the College acts to divest its fossil fuel holdings; new research findings on interlocking shells; prizes and awards for Balliol people; graduate admissions video.


December: Fifteen new Honorary Fellows

 New Honorary Fellows are elected; honocrary doctorate for history Fellow; Hall Supervisor retires; the Library's Christmas quiz; gift from Baha'i community; UN appointment for alumna; alumni success in general election.

November: Professor Jasper Griffin (1937-2019)

Death of Emeritus Fellow and classics tutor Professor Jasper Griffin; two Oxford Preservation Trust awards; publication of adult education report; letters by Russell Meigg discovered; major awards for two alumnae; Library searches Historic Collections for graduate research material

October: Celebrating 40 years of women at Balliol

 Coverage of the celebration weekend for alumnae; a symposium celebrating the life and legacy of Gandhi; celebrations for centenary of the DPhil celebrations include Balliol student; one DPhil student wins an award for work on epilepsy, another discusses virtual reality in a Radio 4 podcast.

September: New portraits celebrate 40th anniversary of women at Balliol

 New portraits are hung in Hall; Oxford leads TES world rankings again; awards for three alumnae; news from the Master's Field; prize for former JRF; summer research Fellowship for engineering student

August: Firsts for 40% of finalists

Norrington Table announced; report on Holywell Manor's Festival of Ideas; success for Floreat access programme; renovations for Porters' Lodge; Royal Society award for Honorary Fellow; Fellowship for alumna; speakers, art intervention and exhibition for Balliol Women: 40 Years On celebrations

July: Balliol's fourth Prime Minister

Boris Johnson (1983) becomes Prime Minister; the Visitor is appointed President of the Supreme Court; two Old Members are appointed to the government; a student wins the Vice-Chancellor's Public Engagement with Research Award; a new portrait is unveiled; report on the Balliol Ball 2019; a new exhibition opening for the 'Balliol Women: 40 Years On' celebration

June: Birthday Honours for Balliol people

Balliol Fellows and alumni have been recognised by the Queen; alumna becomes a Permanent Secretary; Balliol makes more offers to women for the first time; speakers announced for September alumnae celebration; students' and Fellows' awards and other activities; Floreat Domus and News and Notes available online 

May: Students move into the first of the new rooms

Students move into newly finished rooms at the Master's Field; JCR is refurbished; London reception for launch of 1263 Circle; alumni give talk on Balliol historians; alumni win Only Connect; undergraduate presents at CERN; two new Oxford access initiatives.

April: Balliol's first women-only PPE Taster Day

PPE Taster Day for female prospective applicants only; thanks to those who gave generously in the telethon; the Chapel's East Window is restored; new Library exhibition about Europe.

March: Balliol Fellow becomes Proctor

Professor Marnette is admitted as Junior Proctor; visit from England Rugby; Impact Report 2019 is published; research on planthoppers; prizes and awards for students and alumni; Hilary Term sporting achievements; alumna contributes to release of film of Maurice.

February: Access programme achieves significant results

43% success rate in Oxbridge applications for students on access programme; honours for former Fellow and an Old Member; Junior Deans explain how they provide welfare support; progress on the Master's Field building project.

January: New Year Honours 2019

Honours for Old Members; death of Professor Paul Streeten; new date for sending in Old Members' News and Notes; successes for alumni - diplomacy, engineering, fellowship appointments; awards for former Fellows and a DPhil student.


December: Oxford is a global No. 1 again

Oxford tops THE rankings in Computer Science and Engineering; Christmas quiz from the Library; Balliol WWI writers; news from UNIQ summer school; alumnus elected Fellow of Royal Society of New Zealand; EngSci student in Oxford win for best therapeutics project; invitation to send memories of Freshers' Week.

November: Remembering Balliol's fallen

Commemorations for Remembrance Sunday; two Royal Society appointments; awards for Old Members; All Souls Fellowship for grad student; celebrations at the Master's Field; new events dates for the diary.

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