News and updates from Balliol College                                                                    

May 2020

'It’s been a strange term. The usual pattern of tutorials, lectures and meetings has continued as normal, albeit from my home, battling with my wife (a now-virtual-teacher) for control of the internet. I gave an online lecture on the philosophy of time travel, which was a great opportunity to meet alumni and share stories over email of life at Balliol. Of course I miss Oxford – the gardens, the libraries, the chats with colleagues and friends over lunch or coffee. But I’ve been humbled by the resilience everyone in our community has shown, particularly the finalists, who have reacted brilliantly to the change in exam arrangements. We wish them the best of luck over the next few weeks!' 
Alex Kaiserman, Fairfax Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy

Leverhulme Fellowship

Helen Gittos (Colyer-Fergusson Fellow and Tutor in Early Medieval History) has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for her work on the language of the liturgy before the Reformation. Read more

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative funding

Two Balliol Fellows have been awarded CZI funding for projects investigating single cell sequencing in inflammation. Read more

European Research Council Grant

Professor Jin-Chong Tan (Fellow and Tutor in Engineering Science) has been awarded an ERC Proof of Concept Grant to develop a revolutionary portable luminescent sensor. Read more

John Fell Small Grant

Career Development Fellow Diana Berruezo-Sánchez has been awarded funding to arrange an international workshop. Read more

Professor Stefano Zacchetti 1968-2020

The sudden death of Stefano Zacchetti (Yehan Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies and Professorial Fellow) has shocked and saddened the College. Read more

Sir Eric Anderson 1936-2020

We were very sorry to learn of the death of Honorary Fellow Sir Eric Anderson (1957), who died on 22 April 2020. Read more

Restoring academic freedom

Alan Montefiore (Emeritus Fellow) and Paul Flather (1973) reflect on their experiences of supporting scholarship in the Czech and Slovak nations during the Communist regime, for which they were awarded the Jan Masaryk Silver Medal. Read more

Think tank appointment

Honorary Fellow Professor Deepak Nayyar (1967 ) has been appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Development Studies. Read more

Toronto role for former JRF  

Professor Alexandra Gillespie (Bradley Maxwell Junior Research Fellow in English 2000-2003) has been appointed vice-president and principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga. Read more

Floreat Domus is here

This year's edition of Floreat Domus is ready for you to read online, together with News and Notes from Old Members as a separate colour supplement. Read both online

Canadian honour

The Hon Bob Rae PC QC (Balliol 1969) has been awarded the Confederation Centre of the Arts’ prestigious Symons Medal. Read more

Judicial appointment

Andrew Little (1991) has been appointed a Judge of the Federal Court of Canada. Read more

On COVID-19:

Philip Howard (Professor of Internet Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute and Professorial Fellow of Balliol) and Felix Simon (2019, DPhil Information, Communication & Social Sciences) et al: study on COVID-19 misinformation

Stephen Bergman (1966) writing as Samuel Shem: ‘Why do we walk toward danger?’

Aly Kassam-Remtulla (2000): ‘When Schools Reopen, Don’t Let Them Ditch Online Learning’

More COVID-19 publications


Martin Conway (Fellow and Tutor in History) writes about his new book: 'Does Democracy Have a History?'

Professor Seamus Perry (Massey Fellow and Tutor in English) talks about Wordsworth in BBC Radio 4's Beyond Belief

John Lucas (1947): Times obituary

Matthew Nimetz (1960): ‘The Macedonian “name” Dispute; The Macedonian Question – Resolved’

Richard Heller (1966) with Peter Oborne: podcast to help deprived listeners endure world without cricket

Valentina Gosetti (2007) and Philip Howard: ‘Friendship at a Distance’

Zohar Atkins (2010): poem in The Tablet

‘Balliol Library during lockdown’: an informal video

Martin Walker (1966), A Shooting at Chateau Rock: The Dordogne Mysteries 13 (Quercus, 2020)

Robin Edward Poulton (1969), Peace is Possible: Exchanging Weapons for Development and How We Disarmed the Khmer Rouge with Wit, Bluff - and Balloons (independently published, 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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