News and updates from Balliol College

May 2018

'I’m reaching the end of the busiest and most enjoyable term I’ve had at Oxford so far. Second week brought the joys of acting in Tom Stoppard’s Travesties at the Oxford Playhouse, and the Balliol Garden Party, of which I was President - both really rewarding culminations of months of work. I then directed Kirkwood’s NSFW at the Michael Pilch Studio, which was another step on my way to thinking of drama as a professional avenue post-Oxford. All this was the backdrop to studying one of the most interesting modules in my degree, Imperial and Global History in the 19th century, which conveniently ties into the subject matter of Travesties, making my busy term more coherent than I had expected!'
Emma Howlett (2016), BA Ancient and Modern History 


Oxford admissions report

We welcome the University's report, which highlights some of Balliol’s successes but also makes clear that there is much work still to do. READ MORE

Teaching awards for Balliol tutors

Oxford SU's Student-Led Teaching Awards 2018 include three Balliol tutors. READ MORE

Supreme Court appointment

The Right Honourable Lord Reed (Visitor) has been appointed Deputy President of the Supreme Court. READ MORE

The Brackenbury lion is back

A fallen carved lion, named for a major benefactor, has been returned to a niche on Balliol's façadeREAD MORE

Young Baha’is visit Balliol

A gathering in Chapel celebrated Balliol's connection with the Baha'i faith through Shoghi Effendi (1921). READ MORE

Royal Society elects Balliol scientists 

An Honorary Fellow and an Old Member have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society. READ MORE

Plant discoveries

Why do some crucial relationships between plants and fungi collapse? A new study provides answers. READ MORE

What's going on at the Master's Field?

Drone photography shows developments since BAM began the construction of new accommodation buildings. READ MORE

Watch the Dawkins Award Lecture

A recording of Professor Craig Packer’s talk ‘The Conservation Conundrum in Africa: Why Can’t Wildlife Pay its Way’, is now available. WATCH VIDEO


Updated privacy notice 

We've updated our privacy notice in order to explain better how we collect, store and process your data, and the rights and choices you have. READ MORE

Pathfinder hosts needed 

If you live in N. America or Asia, can you help? Meet the 2018 Pathfinders and see what's involved. READ MORE


Roar, lion, roar!

Both the women's and men's crews achieved results to be proud of at this year's Summer Eights. READ MORE

Other sports: a round-up

Balliol has had successes in powerlifting and Varsity athletics but disappointments in hockey and rugby. READ MORE


Gaudy for the years 1990-1992

We hope you will join us in College for your reunion dinner, to reconnect with old friends and tutors. BOOK NOW


Saturday 16 June 2018
Gordouli dinner
Balliol College

Saturday 23 June 2018
1990-1992 Gaudy
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Friday-Saturday 15-16 September 2018
Balliol Society Weekend
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Saturday 28 September 2018 
1996-1999 Gaudy
Balliol College

Saturday 1 December 2018 NEW
Younger Society Dinner
Balliol College

Thursday 6 December 2018  
Varsity Matches


Oxford University receives Race Equality Award

Obituary for Miriam Griffin, classical scholar and wife of Emeritus Fellow Jasper Griffin

'There's more than one way to understand maths': Maths Fellow and Tutor Vicky Neale in The Conversation  


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