News and updates from Balliol College                                                                    

September 2020

‘Never has it been such an unusual summer at Balliol; despite College feeling fairly deserted, it has been a time of immense activity. Because of the new ‘Households’ set-up required by the University’s COVID guidelines, we had to review all College accommodation, and this made us realise that we lacked necessary facilities in certain areas. So we got to work quickly. A bedroom in North Wing of Holywell Manor was converted into a lovely new kitchen; a Scouts’ pantry on the ground floor of Staircase 10 became a shower room; a ground-floor room of Staircase 22 was refurbished to form a fully accessible teaching room – all fantastic assets to College, whatever the circumstances. In addition, the Housekeeping teams have been very busy dusting everything off, ready for the return of our students. Now we’re looking forward to welcoming the students back!’ 
Keeley Mortimer (Domestic Manager)

Exam success

We congratulate all the students who completed their undergraduate degrees this summer, despite the exceptionally difficult circumstances. Read more

Virtual Open Days

Prospective applicants were able to learn about studying at Balliol and chat to Balliol tutors and students through an online platform. Read more

Professor Renée Fox

We learned with sadness of the death of Professor Renée Fox, George Eastman Visiting Professor in Sociology at Balliol in 1986. Read more

Virtual exhibition 

'Messing About with Manuscripts' displays Balliol's celebrated medieval manuscript collection through the work of R.A.B. Mynors. Read more

New journal

Professor Adam Smyth, Fellow and Tutor in English, has launched a journal that takes the study of material texts in new directions, including experiments in format, design and typography. Read more

Documentary on Oxford Trobadors

Emeritus Fellow Denis Noble and his music group, The Oxford Trobadors, are the subject of a newly released documentary film. Read more

Ethics in AI lead

Professor John Tasioulas (1989) is to be the inaugural Director of Oxford University’s Institute for Ethics in AI, leading an academic team of seven philosophersRead more

£10,000 prize

A start-up co-founded by a Balliol student has won the 'Best Overall Idea' award in All-Innovate 2020, Oxford University’s flagship ideas competition. Read more

Top tips for lawyers

Balliol law students have created a 'Guide to Studying Law for Freshers', from tips students and tutors shared at the Younger Society virtual garden party. Read more

Oxford University is no. 1 in TES World University Rankings


Andrew Graham (Master 2001-2011): video - ‘Why We Should Keep the BBC

Aly Kassam-Remtulla (2000): ‘Sinophobia, the new Islamophobia


Professor Gilbert Strang (1955 and Honorary Fellow), Linear Algebra for Everyone (Wellesley-Cambridge Press, 2020)     

Richard Heller (1966), The Prisoner of Rubato Towers (Xerus Publishing, 2020)

David Satter (1968), Never Speak to Strangers and Other Writing from Russia and the Soviet Union (Ibidem Press, 2020)

David Jones (1970) and Anne de Villars, Principles of Administrative Law, 7th edition (Carswell, 2020)

Sir Simon Mayall (1975), Soldier in the Sand: A Personal History of the Modern Middle East (Pen & Sword Military, 2020)

Andrew Copson (1999), The Little Book of Humanism (Piatkus, 2020)

Alison Rosenblitt (2002), The Beauty of Living: E.E. Cummings in the Great War (W.W. Norton, 2020)

Toby Ord (2003), with Will MacAskill and Krister Bykvist, Moral Uncertainty (Oxford University Press, 2020)

Guy Westwood (2004), The Rhetoric of the Past in Demosthenes and Aeschines: Oratory, History, and Politics in Classical Athens (OUP, 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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