News and updates from Balliol College                                                                   

October 2020

'Though my first term at Oxford may not be what exactly what I had dreamed it would be (pre-COVID), in many ways it has been better than I could have ever imagined. I am delighted to report that the legendary Balliol postgraduate community at Holywell Manor continues to thrive. My six flatmates have quickly become my best friends. We spend our time eating meals together, playing cards, discussing and debating everything under the sun, and generally being the envy of all the other households.'  
Kristijana St Clair (2020, MSt Social Science of the Internet)

Birthday Honours

A damehood for Clare Moriarty (1982) was one of the awards the Queen made to Balliol people in the Birthday Honours list. Read more

Shortlisted for Baillie Gifford 

Black Spartacus by Politics Fellow Sudhir Hazareesingh has been shortlisted for 'the UK's premier prize for non-fiction books'. Read more

Centenary of women's admission

Balliol raised the Oxford Women's Suffrage flag to celebrate 100 years since women were first awarded degrees at Oxford. Read more

Visiting Professorship

Career Development Fellow Daniel Susskind has been appointed Visiting Professor at King's College London. Read more

Prize for Research Fellow

Adam Nahum (Research Fellow in the Sciences 2017-2020) has been awarded the Philippe Meyer Prize for Theoretical Physics 2020. Read more

'Why Study Mathematics?'

In her new book, Maths Fellow Vicky Neale tells students who are considering studying maths at degree level what they and their teachers need to know. Read more

Balliol goes electric

The College has chosen an emission-free electric van to replace its old diesel van. Read more

Dickson Prize

James Collins (1987), an innovator in synthetic biology, has been awarded the University of Pittsburgh's prestigious prize. Read more

Balliol does Movember

The JCR is encouraging Balliol people to grow moustaches or take on other challenges in order to raise awareness of men's mental health. Read more

Vice-Chancellor’s Oration 2020

Photos of coronavirus arrangements in Balliol Hall: Oxford Mail

Balliol Archives blogpost: 'Household Words for our hard times'


Martin Conway (Professor of Contemporary European History, MacLellan-Warburg Fellow and Tutor in History): H-Diplo essay, on learning the scholar’s craft

Richard Ovenden (Bodley’s Librarian and Professorial Fellow):

Daniel Susskind (Career Development Fellow in Economics): OUPblog, ‘The Emerging Economic Themes of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Peter Snow (1958), with Jon Snow: Times interview

Professor Sir Andrew Likierman (1962), Harvard Business Review, ‘The Elements of Good Judgement

Professor Michael Sandel (1975): TED talk, ‘The Tyranny of Merit’, and Guardian interview

HE Donald Bobiash (1984): Centre for International Governance Innovation, ‘A Post-COVID-19 Perspective: What We’ve Learned and What We Need to Do’ 

Rupert Read (1984): Blog of the APA, interview as spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion  


Robert M. Wallace (1965), Philosophical Mysticism in Plato, Hegel, and the Present (Bloomsbury, 2019)

Nigel Bryant (1972), The Tournaments at Le Hem and Chauvency (Boydell & Brewer, 2020)

Michael Potter (1985), The Rise of Analytic Philosophy 1879-1930: From Frege to Ramsey (Routledge, 2020)

Emily Charnock (1999), The Rise of Political Action Committees: Interest Group Electioneering and the Transformation of American Politics (OUP, 2020)

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