News and updates from Balliol College                                                                   

June 2020

'To have reached the end of such a strange and unexpected term is an achievement in itself for all the students and tutors at Balliol - perhaps also a relief. It was a surprisingly successful term for me in the end, despite managing the Covid climate and caring responsibilities I have at home. Luckily I was studying Ovid poetry and Art under the Roman Empire and I was fascinated by my tutorial work throughout. But I am especially proud of what I have done regarding diversity and equality, namely compiling a report on racism and discrimination in College (with the incredible support and testimonies of the BAME student community). As part of a paper from the JCR and MCR, my report was brought to the governing Fellows of Balliol and every request made was accepted. I look forward to continuing to work with College to effect change.'
Andi Marsh (2017, Classics), President of the BME Society


Action against racism

In response to a report from the JCR and MCR and a survey of students carried out by the Black and Minority Ethnic Society, the College has agreed to take action against racism at Balliol. Read more

Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe (1933-2020)

The death of Nigeria's first Professor of Medicine, Honorary Fellow Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe, has saddened the College. Read more

Progress at the Master's Field

The four buildings in the second stage of the project are rising fast: new drone footage and the latest timelapse video shows the latest progress. Read more

COVID-19 research

How coronavirus information is spreading across social media platforms is one of the subjects of recent publications and initiatives by Balliol people, relating to the pandemic. Read more

The 'mythe gaullien'

On the 80th anniversary of de Gaulle’s Appel du 18 Juin, Politics Fellow Sudhir Hazareesingh was interviewed on the French television channel Arte. Read more

Seeking a new organ scholar

The Balliol organ scholarship is a great opportunity for a young musician, as the Senior Organ Scholar explains. Please help us fill this key College role by sharing the details about how to apply. Read more

The MCR in lockdown

'Despite the distance which now separates us, all over people are finding ways to keep doing the things they love, together,' reports the outgoing MCR President. Read more

A Conversation on Black Lives

Join Balliol's MCR for a webinar with three activists/advocates working on anti-racist initiatives and, specifically, the struggle for black liberation. Register now


  • Professor Wilfred Beckerman (Emeritus Fellow): Times
  • Professor Tom Arie (1952): Guardian

Dame Helen Ghosh (Master): Blavatnik School student podcast, ‘The Politics of Policy Making

Philip Howard (Professor of Internet Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute and Professorial Fellow): new book, Lie Machines: How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives

Amit Chaudhuri (Honorary Fellow): Mumbai Opera Online concert performance, ‘Performing, Remembering and Mishearing Music

Professor Ian Douglas (1958): autobiographical essay

Professor Charles Spence (1988): interview with Robyn Williams (Supernumerary Visiting Fellow in Broadcasting, 1995), ‘How We Enjoy Food

Rory Stewart (1992): with Michael Fullilove (1997), podcast interview  

Talita de Souza Dias (2014): interview, 'What Are You Going to Do with That?'


Robin Wilson (1962), Number Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2020)

David-Antoine Williams (2003), The Life of Words: Etymology and Modern Poetry (Oxford 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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