News and updates from Balliol College                                                                    

February 2020

'Recently, there's been a surge in environmental activism in Oxford, with the Student Union’s new Climate Action Plan bringing together many previously disparate actors for the first time. Giving this surge a voice in Balliol as a JCR Environment & Ethics rep is a huge privilege and repeatedly gives me cause for optimism about the future of our planet. We've worked with College to secure fossil fuel divestment and improve the vegetarian offering in Hall, and we've run vegan takeovers of pantry and workshops on living more sustainably as individuals.'

Michael Beattie (2018, PPE, JCR Environment and Ethics Officer)

Celebration moot

Students and alumni held a moot to celebrate the 20th anniversary of law tutor Professor Timothy Endicott becoming a Fellow at Balliol. Read more

Into Battle

The poignant true story of a bitter feud at Balliol in the early 1900s is the subject of a play to be premièred in London. Read more

Kitchen news

More options for vegans and vegetarians are among recent developments in the Hall menus, Executive Chef Bertrand Faucheux reports. Read more  

Master's Field

The latest time lapse video shows that building work is now focused on the graduate accommodation at the north end of the site. Watch the video 

Honorary QC 

Professor Jane Stapleton (1981 and Honorary Fellow) has been appointed an Honorary Queen's Counsel. Read more

Professor George Steiner

Balliol mourns the passing of Professor George Steiner (1950 and Honorary Fellow), who died on 3 February. Read more

Northern Ireland appointment

Robin Walker (1997) has been appointed Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office. Read more

Top crime award

Martin Edwards (1974) has won the Crime Writers' Association's Diamond Dagger award, the highest honour the association can bestow. Read more

Rowing for Oxford

Two Balliol rowers have been selected for Oxford University's 2020 Lightweight Blue Boat. Read more

Vicky Neale (Whitehead Lecturer in Mathematics and Supernumerary Fellow): The Beauty of Mathematics on Radio 4

Lord Maclennan of Rogart (1955): remembered on Radio 4's Last Word  

Sam Shem, aka Stephen Bergman (1966): video interview about his new book

Martin Walker (1966): blog conversation about his crime writing

The Hon. Bob Rae (1960), and Martin Kettle (1967): ‘Political Stripes’ podcasts  

The 80s with Dominic Sandbrook (1993): TV series on the BBC iPlayer

Kathrin Luddecke (1991): blogpost about her screenprint, displayed in a Natural History Museum exhibition

Andrew Copson (1999): writes on secularism in India in a Times article  


Sam Shem aka Stephen Bergman (1966), Man’s 4th Best Hospital (Berkley, 2019)

Emily Kesling (2011), Medical Texts in Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture (Boydell & Brewer, 2020)

If you would like us to mention any significant work published this year or last, please contact Anne Askwith.
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