News and updates from Balliol College   

December 2020


'One of the silver linings this year has been the way that Balliol Old Members and friends have overcome physical distance to convene some of College’s largest ever alumni gatherings online. For around half of attendees it has been their first Balliol event in at least a decade. The Balliol community has also drawn together in support of current and future generations of students at a time of great uncertainty for everyone. Whether you have been giving for many years, or have made your first gift in 2020, we are most grateful for your friendship and generosity. Thank you.'

Richard Norman (Fellow and Development Director)

€2 million research grant

History Fellow John-Paul Ghobrial has been awarded a European Research Council grant worth €2 million for a project called 'Moving Stories'. Read more

Prize for sign language paper

A collaborative research effort involving Research Fellow Samuel Albanie won the Songde Ma Prize at the Asian Conference on Computer Vision. Read more

Senator Paul Sarbanes (1933-2020)

The Balliol flag was flown at half-mast in memory of Senator Paul Sarbanes (1954 and Honorary Fellow), who died on 6 December. Read more

Library quiz

This year the Christmas quiz was held online, which meant that alumni could join in too. Try your hand at some of the seasonal questions. Read more

Balliol Online Lecture

Join George Eastman Visiting Professor Philippa Levine on 26 January 2021 for a lecture on her latest research: 'Negotiating Nakedness: Moderns, Primitives and Prudes at the fin-de-siècle'. Register now

US Transition role

Atul Gawande (1987) has been named as a member of US President-elect Biden’s Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. Read more

News and Notes

Please send us your news for News and Notes (for publication in Floreat Domus 2021) by 31 January 2021. Email your news

Musical Society video

Student musicians performed the Balliol Musical Society Members' Concert for a video, as lockdown prevented the live concert from going ahead. Watch the video

Sci-fi novel

Gautam Bhatia, who is in his second year of reading for a DPhil in Law, has written and published a science fiction novel. Read more

Dame Stephanie Shirley (Foundation Fellow): Woman’s Hour interview

Dame Cressida Dick (1979 and Honorary Fellow): Times interview

Mike O'Sullivan (1996): 'Globalization is ending. What's next?' - TED talk

Andrew Copson (1999) and Dan Snow (1998): ‘What I Believe’ podcast 


Nick Rowan (2001), The Silk Road Revisited (Hertfordshire Press, 2020)

John Flood (2006), Kilcash and the Butlers of Ormond: Conflict and Kinship from the Middle Ages to the Great Famine (Geography Publications, 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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