News and updates from Balliol College                                                                   

July 2020

'This month we welcome the 2020 finalists to the Balliol alumni community. I'm sure all Old Members will join me in sending you well-deserved congratulations for your fantastic achievements! This network of diverse, intelligent and friendly Old Members is a wonderful group and I’m excited for you to be joining it. In July, as part of our alumni events programme, we’ve held two more of our online lectures, featuring Balliol Tutors Dr Lisa Walker and Dr Helen Gittos, and we’ve been busy arranging more lectures and events that are coming up over the next few months.'

Ruth Sheaves, Alumni Officer

First vaccine trial results

Oxford makes the next step towards the discovery of a safe, effective and accessible vaccine against coronavirus. Read more

COVID-19 response

Balliol people are responding to the crisis of the pandemic with research and other initiatives, including a mental health study. Read more

Fellow of the British Academy

Professor Rosalind Thomas (Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History) has been elected as one of 86 new Fellows of the British Academy. Read more

New gates at the Lodge

Wrought-iron electronic gates have been installed at the Broad Street Lodge (inside the main doors), featuring a clover leaf design inspired by the work of Waterhouse. Read more

Outstanding teacher award

Maths tutor Vicky Neale has been awarded a PGCert Prize 2020 as part of the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford’s new Education Awards scheme. Read more

Professor Malcolm Green 1936-2020

The flag was lowered in memory of Emeritus Fellow Professor Malcolm Green, who died on 24 July. Read more

Rt Hon Lord Hutton 1931-2020

Balliol has been saddened by death of Brian Hutton, Rt Hon Lord Hutton of Bresagh, PC (1950 and Honorary Fellow from 1988). Read more

Andrew Graham steps down

The Europaeum pays tribute to former Master Andrew Graham as he stands down as Executive Chair of the association of leading European universities. Read more

Organ news

While restoring the Chapel organ and its 1,406 pipes, Harrison & Harrison have supplied some information about its history. Read more

Balliol Society Educational Trust

The Chairman invites recommendations from Old Members of those in need of assistance towards education whom the Trust may be able to help. Read more

Ambassadorial appointment

The Prime Minister of Canada has appointed the Hon Bob Rae PC QC (1969) as Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations. Read more

Chemistry prize finalist

Postgraduate student Francesco Ibba has been selected as a finalist for the Reaxys PhD Prize 2020. Read more

Start-up wins funding award

A diagnostic company co-founded by DPhil student Roman Rothaermel, Neurolytic Healthcare, has won an Illumina Accelerator award. Read more

Martin Conway (MacLellan-Warburg Fellow and Tutor in History): podcast interview by Dan Snow (1998), Western Europe’s Age of Democracy

Ian Goldin (Professor of Globalisation and Development and Special Supernumerary Fellow): three-part Compass radio series, ‘The Pandemic That Changed the World

John Poole (1952): Guardian obituary

Carmen Bugan (2000): Harvard Review, Dispatches from a Pandemic

Natalya Din-Kariuki (2013): blogpost, ‘After Rhodes Falls


Peter Howell (1959), John Francis Bentley: Architect of Westminster Cathedral (Liverpool University Press, 2020)

Kenneth Hamilton (1985), More Preludes to Chopin: Nocturnes Waltzes and Other Works (Prima Facie CD134, 2020)

Toby Ord (2003), The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity (Bloomsbury, 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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