News and updates from Balliol College

August 2018

'The summer always brings challenges for the domestic team as we prepare College for a set of fresh students and put in hand refurbishments. We're about to start work on the fourth floor of Staircase XII, otherwise known as Dicey. We're also well underway with the top floor of South Wing at Holywell Manor, where we're adding a shower room and renovating the kitchen and bedrooms. In such old buildings we never know what secrets refurbishing will throw up as we peel back the years of paint (just today I discovered a piece of newspaper from 1965 stuffed into a wall cavity), but managing it is often one of the more enjoyable aspects of my role, especially as it gives me a great excuse to spend more time at the Manor and to take a lunch break in the peaceful garden.' 

Keeley Mortimer, Domestic Manager


Working on Balliol's fabric

In year five of a ten-year programme, the College Surveyor details what's been achieved so far. READ MORE

Distinction recognised

Three Balliol Fellows have received a Recognition of Distinction award, and with it the title of Professor. READ MORE

Year 12 students come for tutorials

Students on this year's Floreat access programme have been in College for the culmination of the course. READ MORE

Death of a Foundation Fellow

The College is saddened by the death of Dr James Smith CBE, FREng, FRSE. READ MORE

17th-century Crouch bequest on view

The Library's 17th-century book collection is to be exhibited on 8 and 9 September and through the autumn. READ MORE



The rise of the new 'attention economy': New York Times interviews James Williams (2011)

Kate Kettle (2007) writes on Child Citizenship: The Real Cost


Success in British Transplant Games 

Chris Beeley (1997), who received a liver transplant in 2016, won bronze medals in both the 5k and 1500m. READ MORE

Stand-up comedy at the Fringe

Kieran Hodgson (2006) went to Edinburgh with a Brexit skit - which included some Balliol politicians. READ MORE


'Does Truth Exist?' ask students

Two Balliol students discuss a very big question through mathematics in a new Oxplore video. READ MORE


Sunday 9 September 2018
Chalet Reunion
Balliol, Univ and New Colleges

Tuesday 11 September 2018  
Balliol in Hong Kong
The China Club, Hong Kong

Friday 14 September 2018  
Balliol in Singapore
The home of Jim Rogers (1964) 

Saturday-Sunday 15-16 September 2018
Balliol Society Weekend
Balliol College

Friday-Sunday 14-16 September 2018
Meeting Minds Alumni Weekend
Mathematical Institute, Oxford

Friday 28 September 2018
1996-1999 Gaudy
Balliol College

Saturday 1 December 2018
Younger Society Dinner
Balliol College

Tuesday 6 December 2018
Varsity Matches

The illustration of Holywell Manor above is by Sage Goodwin (2016)


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