News and updates from Balliol College   

November 2020

'The early morning mist is setting in, giving the grounds that feeling of being in a dream. Balliol feels quieter than it would usually, but people are quicker to smile. The time that we do get to spend with one another is far more meaningful, and these moments show us the importance of our friends now more than ever. I’m so glad to see the JCR still bringing people together and it makes me happy to know that as the weeks move on this community will become even more close-knit. There’s something empowering about all being in it together.'

Rory D'Angelo (2018, English), JCR Vice-President

Vaccine breakthrough

Oxford University, in collaboration with AstraZeneca, has created a ground-breaking vaccine shown to be effective against COVID-19, with the potential for global impact. Read more

Oxford for East England

Balliol Outreach has formed a consortium with two other colleges in order to encourage more students from the region make successful university applications. Read more

Improved access

The new ramp which facilitates access into the Front Quad is finished, and just waiting for its wrought-iron railings. Read more

Carol Service recording

The Choir and other College members have recorded a carol service, as it wasn’t possible for the traditional 8th week service to take place this year. Read more

Recognition of Distinction

Armin Reichold (Reader in Particle Physics, Fellow and Tutor and Physics) has received a Recognition of Distinction award, and with it the title of Professor. Read more

Master's Field in final straight

The new sports pavilion and accommodation blocks being built in the second phase of the Master's Field Project are nearing completion. Read more

Do you remember ...?

Researchers are seeking memories of Sir Kenneth Dover (1938 and Fellow 1948-1955) and Derek Parfit (1961). Can you help? Read more

Annual Record 2020

Detailing news and activities from the last academic year, the Annual Record is now available on the website, having been delayed this year. Read online

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Vaccinations app

Postgraduate student Gabriella Hakim (2019, MSc Surgical Sciences) has launched VacTrack, an app for managing your vaccinations. Read more

University Challenge

The Balliol team will be up against St John's, Cambridge, on Monday 30 November at 8.30pm on BBC Two. Read more

Ghost stories in the Library: the winning story and more, in a Library blogpost

Sudhir Hazareesingh (CUF Lecturer in Politics and Tutorial Fellow in Politics): Black Spartacus is BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week

David Vines (Emeritus Fellow): Financial Review article, 'G20 must give emerging nations some wiggle room'

Elizabeth Kiss (1983 and Professorial Fellow) and Michael J. Sandel (1975): video chat about his book Tyranny of Merit 

Lord Taverne (1947) writes on Roy Jenkins (1938, Honorary Fellow and Chancellor of the University) in New European

Professor Malcolm Whyte (1948) celebrates his 100th birthday on Zoom: article in Canberra Times

The Hon Bob Rae (1979): interview in Toronto Life


Professor Paul Jankowski (1967), All Against All: The Long Winter of 1933 and the Origins of the Second World War (Harper, 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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