News and updates from Balliol College   

April 2021

'Pent-up demand is a phrase we have heard much of recently and it is something we are experiencing in outreach - and responding to. The launch of our Springboard video series, which showcases our graduates’ research interests, has gone very well and we are working with grads to create live events developing themes explored in the videos. We have been able to confirm our summer residential to students on our outreach programmes in Years 10 and 12, and we will welcome school visits from the end of June. We are running virtual Subject Taster Days (including Classics and Medicine for the first time), which are popular with prospective applicants, who appreciate the opportunity to speak to our undergraduates. And we will soon be able to offer prospective applicants a virtual tour led by one of our undergraduates and a video featuring tutors talking about their teaching and research.'
Pravahi Osman, David Freeman Outreach Officer


Welcome back to our students

With the easing of government restrictions, the majority of Balliol students have returned to Oxford for Trinity Term. Read more

Shortlisted for Wolfson Prize

Not one but two Balliol Fellows - Politics Tutor Sudhir Hazareesingh and Bodley's Librarian Richard Ovenden - have been shortlisted for the UK's most prestigious history prize. Read more

New pavilion rises

As the Master's Field Project reaches the home straight, the final element is taking shape: the new pavilion. Read more

‘A Life in Writing and Music’

Join Amit Chaudhuri (Honorary Fellow) for an online event when he will talk to Chris Minkowski (Boden Professor of Sanskrit) about Indian classical music, memories and more. Register for this event here

Interview with Michèle Flournoy

Policymaker and policy entrepreneur Professor Michèle Flournoy (1983) talks to Michael Fullilove (1997), Director of the Lowy Institute, in his regular podcast. Read more

Interview with MP

To mark Stephen Lawrence Day 2021, graduate BCL student Samuel Bailey was one of two students who interviewed Rt Hon David Lammy MP. Read more

Programming success

CompSci undergraduate Stefan Constantin-Buliga was in the Oxford team that won the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest’s Northwest Europe regional heats. Read more


Vicky Neale (Whitehead Lecturer in Mathematics and Supernumerary Fellow) talks to MathsWorldUK about the maths and symmetry of friendship bracelets: video

John Tasioulas (1989, Professor of Ethics and Legal Philosophy, Senior Research Fellow, and Director of the Institute for Ethics in AI): ‘The inflation of concepts: human rights, health, the rule of law – why are these concepts inflated to the status of totalising, secular religions?

Andrew Ashmore (1981), live interpreter: Historic Hits - YouTube

Carmen Bugan (2000), poet: ‘She looks in the mirror’  

Ming Thein (2000), watchmaker: interview

Kieran Hodgson (2006): Private Passions - Radio 3

Andy Buchanan (1977), ‘Domesticating Hegemony: Creating a Globalist Public, 1941-1943’, Diplomatic History, Vol. 45, No. 2 (2021)

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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