News and updates from Balliol College

July 2019

‘It’s been an exciting year for access and outreach across the University, and Balliol has led the way, for example by being one of the first colleges to pay Open Day workers. Balliol's July Open Days were the most well organised and successful so far, thanks to the Student Ambassadors, who contribute in term time too by helping at numerous school tours and Pathways sessions. As JCR Access Officer, I am designing a new Alternative Prospectus to allow the students to share their first-hand knowledge of Balliol in an accessible document which complements the official College prospectus. It’s one more way in which student and College access work at Balliol is continuing to try to encourage students from groups under-represented at Oxford to apply.’ 

Jai Thakrar-Curtis, 2017, JCR Access Officer


President of Supreme Court

Lord Reed (1978), Balliol's Visitor, has been appointed President of the UK's highest judicial body. READ MORE

New portrait unveiled

A new portrait of Professor Frances Kirwan (Emeritus Fellow) has been unveiled, to be hung in HallREAD MORE

Rowing video

Our latest video invites you to help make Balliol's Boat Club accessible to anyone interested in rowing. WATCH THE VIDEO

Balliol Ball 2019

1,000 College members and guests enjoyed the Balliol Ball 2019, as the Ball President explains. READ MORE

Dervorguilla and her Daughters

A new exhibition will open for the 'Balliol Women: 40 Years On' celebrations in September. READ MORE

Origins of the Oxford Internet Institute

Former Master Andrew Graham has written a 'brief history' of how the OII came into being. READ ONLINE

Crafty maths

Maths tutor Vicky Neale has been taking part in the Big Internet Math-off 2019 with crafty mathematical ideas. READ MORE


Obituary: Bryan Magee (Lecturer in Philosophy, 1970-1971)

UNIQ summer school (supported by Balliol) is in full swing


Balliol's fourth Prime Minister

Boris Johnson (1983) has become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, following his election as Tory leader. READ MORE

'Outstanding' engineer

Professor Paul Newman (1991) has been awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering's Silver Medal. READ MORE

Government appointments

Jo Johnson (1991) and Robin Walker (1997) have been given roles by the new Prime Minister. READ MORE


Vice-Chancellor's Award

DPhil student Andrey Levitskiy won a Public Engagement with Research Award for his radio documentary. READ MORE


Tuesday 13 August 2019
Young Alumni Summer Party

Monday 16 September 2019 
Balliol in Edinburgh:
Reception with the Master, Dame Helen Ghosh DCB  

Friday-Saturday 21-22 September 2019
Balliol Society Weekend
Balliol College

Friday-Sunday 27-29 September 2019
Balliol Women: 40 Years On
Balliol College

Tuesday 1 October 2019
Balliol in Washington DC:
Reception with the Master, Dame Helen Ghosh DCB 

Thursday 3 October 2019 
Balliol in California:
Reception with the Master, Dame Helen Ghosh DCB 

Thursday 14 November 2019 
Usborne Dinner 

Friday 22 November 2019 
Medical Society Dinner  

Saturday 7 December 2019 
Younger Society Dinner 

Thursday 12 December 2019 
Varsity Rugby


  • Professor T.P. Wiseman (1957), The House of Augustus (Princeton University Press, 2019

  • Brian Hodgkinson (1961):
    - How Our Economy Really Works: A Radical Reappraisal (Shepheard-Walwyn, 2019)
    - The Advancement of Civilisation in the Western World,3 vols (Shepheard-Walwyn, 2018)

  • Professor Ben Fine (1966):
    - Material Cultures of Financialisation, co-edited with K. Bayliss and M. Robertson (Routledge, 2018) 
    - Race, Class and the Post-Apartheid Democratic State, co-edited with John Reynolds and Robert van Niekerk (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2019)

  • Hugh White (1977), How to Defend Australia (La Trobe University Press, 2019)
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