News and updates from Balliol College  

February 2021

‘For yet another, and hopefully last, virtual term, I’ve been lucky to be in Oxford. It’s the landmarks of the city, from the towering Radcliffe Camera to the empty punts under the Magdalen Bridge, which are keeping Oxford alive in memory for others. But now as the lockdown draws to an end, it’s sparked excitement within the JCR community as we begin to plan for the first summer in the city for so many of us. A combination of cautious optimism and the slightly longer, warmer days are keeping me inspired!’ 
Shreya Kirpalani (2019, History), JCR President

Videos for sixth-formers

Drawing on the academic expertise of Balliol’s graduate students, the Springboard video project aims to support sixth-form students during the pandemic. Read more

Michael Pilch 1927-2021

We remember with gratitude Michael Pilch (1945), benefactor of Balliol's state-of-the-art black-box theatre, who died this month. Read more

Former JRF leads Conservation Venture Studio 

Professor David Macdonald is leading the Oxford GAV Conservation Venture Studio, which has a mission to find innovative solutions to pressing environmental problems. Read more

Balliol Musical Society concert

Watch a recorded performance by pianist Paul Lewis, playing the Diabelli Variations. Password: diabelli (all lowercase). Available until (and including) 28 February. Read more

Award for Master's Lodgings

In the Oxford Preservation Trust Awards 2020 the Master's Lodgings was runner-up in the Small Projects category. Read more

Commemorating John Snell

At this time of the year we commemorate John Snell, by whose will Snell Exhibitioners such as Adam Smith (1740) have been coming to Balliol for more than 300 years. Read more

Torpids anniversary

Fifty years on, the 1971 First VIII gathered online to raise a glass and remember how they kept the Torpids title they had held for the previous three years. Read more

Special Mention

Talita de Souza Dias (2016) was awarded a Special Mention of the English-Speaking René Cassin Thesis Prize 2020. Read more

Mooting awards

Law student Samuel Bailey (2020, BCL) was in an Oxford team that won prizes at the Northern European Rounds of the Price Media Moot 2021. Read more

Chinese New Year, Balliol style

First-year undergraduate Yaning Wu delivered red packets of sweets and Oxford-inspired cards to students living at Broad Street 'to bring some festivity for them'. Read more

University Challenge

Catch up if you missed the Balliol team's most recent quarter-final match, which was against Durham. Watch on iPlayer


  • Ved Mehta (1956 and Honorary Fellow): Times 
  • William Ferguson (1950): Scotsman
  • Leif Mills (1954): Times

Ian Goldin (Professor of Globalisation and Development and Special Supernumerary Fellow): 'How herd behaviour drives action on r/WallStreetBets'

Mike Herron (1981): interview in Independent

Leila D. Molana-Allen (2007), dispatch from Yemen: BBC R4's From Our Own Correspondent

Brian Wong (2020, DPhil Politics): ‘Elected or not, Hong Kong’s chief executive must serve the people

Historic Collections Centre appears in Channel 5’s ‘Queen Victoria: Love, Lust and Leadership’, for which researchers consulted Balliol's Conway papers


Jane Stapleton (1981 and Emeritus Fellow), Three Essays on Torts (OUP, 2021)

John McNamara (1968) and Olaf Leimar, Game Theory in Biology: Concepts and Frontiers (OUP, 2020)

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

Horace and Stephen Harrison (1978), How to Be Content: An Ancient Poet's Guide for an Age of Excess (Princeton University Press, 2020)

Charles Spence (1988), Sensehacking: How to Use the Power of Your Senses for Happier, Healthier Living (Viking, 2021)

Max Kramer (2003), The Canterbury Book of New Parish Prayers: Collects for the Church and for the World (Canterbury Press Norwich, 2021)

Michel Paradis (2004), Last Mission to Tokyo: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raiders and Their Final Fight for Justice (Simon & Schuster, 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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