News and updates from Balliol College                                                                    

August 2020

'It’s nice to feel needed and the responses we’ve had to the cautious, phased re-opening of the Library that began this month have shown how necessary the peace and quiet of our spaces are for the few students spending summer in Oxford, caught perhaps in a small, noisy room in a shared house. Of course we haven’t really been closed all this time – we’ve been supporting people online, sending them scans, ordering books to homes, mounting online exhibitions  – but it’s great to be back and to be seeing some of the Library users in person.'

Stewart Tiley, LIbrarian

Preparing for next term

Over the Long Vacation the College has been working hard to prepare for the arrival of new and returning students. Read more

Donald Harris 1928-2020

The death of Emeritus Fellow Don Harris, Fellow and Tutor in Jurisprudence 1956–1976, has saddened the College greatly. Read the Law Faculty's obituary

Balliol's COVID effort

Recent news includes an AI test for rapid screening; Oxford Nanopore Technologies' partnership with the government; and research on the outbreak in Brazil. Read more

Remembering Toussaint

For Slavery Remembrance Day, Politics Fellow Sudhir Hazareesingh discusses the subject of his new book, Toussaint L'Ouverture, in a video interview. Read more

Honorary Fellowship

Professor Brian Foster has been made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics, for his leadership in experimental physics. Read more

ISIS Science Impact Award

Professor Jin-Chong Tan has won the ISIS Science Impact Award for his research group’s work on lattice dynamics in Metal-Organic Frameworks. Read more

Fellow of the British Academy

Charles Baden-Fuller (1966), Centenary Professor of Strategy at City, University of London, has been elected to the British Academy. Read more

Security appointment

Lindy Cameron (1991) is to become Chief Executive Officer of the National Cyber Security Centre. Read more

Academia Europaea election

Mathematician Professor James Maynard (2009), known for his work on number theory, has been elected to the Academia Europaea. Read more

Dissolution Honour

Jo Johnson (1991), lately Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, was nominated for a peerage in the Dissolution Peerages 2019 list. Read more

New climate network

DPhil student Alice Evatt is leading the Oxford Climate Society team developing the Oxford Climate Alumni Network, which is launching with an event in September. Read more

Sudhir Hazareesingh (Fellow and Tutor in Politics): Times review of new book, Black Spartacus

Philip Howard (Professor of Internet Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute and Professorial Fellow): Guardian article, 'Social media need a radical new build'

Professor Amit Chaudhuri (1987 and Honorary Fellow): new website on Literary Activism

Vanessa Engle (1961): Guardian interview

Balliol’s first round on University Challenge - BBC iPlayer 

Alumni and staff congratulate Balliol's 2020 graduates in a video


Peter Snow (1958), with Ann MacMillan, foreword by Dan Snow (1998), Treasures of World History: The Story of Civilisation in 50 Documents (Welbeck, 2020)

James B. Bell (1961), The Colonial Records of Kings Chapel, Boston, Massachusetts, 1686-1776, 2 vols, (University of Virginia Press, 2019)

Dato’ Dr M. SHANmughalingam (1975), Marriage and Mutton Curry, UK edition (Epigram, 2020)

Professor Thomas Schwartz (1976), Henry Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography (Hill and Wang, 2020)

Jim Berkman (1977), The Secret Ministry of Frost (2020)

Professor Richard Canning (1986), co-ed. (with Gerri Kimber), Brigid Brophy: Avant-Garde Writer, Critic, Activist (Edinburgh University Press, 2020)

If you would like us to mention any significant work published this year or last, please contact Anne AskwithPreviously submitted publications are listed here.
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