News and updates from Balliol College   

January 2021

'As I write this I am looking out of my window at the spires of New College and Magdalen and watching the last of the snow melt. Outside, Oxford is emptier, quieter, more still than normal. Despite the strangeness of this time and the pressures of academic work during a global pandemic, it continues to amaze me how much effort everyone puts in to make Balliol such a supportive and welcoming place. It might not be the Hilary Term we expected but it’s reassuring to know that we have the support of a strong community.'  
Micah MacKay (2020, DPhil Medieval and Modern Languages)

Professor Ved Mehta (1934-2021)

The College mourns the loss of Professor Ved Mehta (1956, Visiting Fellow 1988–1989, Honorary Fellow from 1999). Read more


Michael Warburg (1928-2020)

Balliol was greatly saddened to learn of the loss of Foundation Fellow Michael Warburg (1949). Read more

New Year Honours

We congratulate Hugh Rolo (1975) on being awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list. Read more

Student rooms nearly ready

The new accommodation blocks at the Master's Field will be handed over to the College at the beginning of March. Read more

Biden appointment

The new US President has appointed Liz Sherwood-Randall (1981) as Homeland Security Adviser. Read more

Prestigious French award

Anna Gier (2015) was runner-up for the R. Gapper Undergraduate Essay Prize 2020, awarded by the Society for French Studies. Read more

Last call for News and Notes

Submit your news and photos by Monday 8 February and we'll still be able to include it in Floreat Domus 2021. Send your news

University Challenge

Undergraduate and UC contestant Solenne Scholefield has written about playing in the Balliol team, which was in the quarter-final this month. Read more


Sudhir Hazareesingh (CUF Lecturer in Politics and Tutorial Fellow): video interview with Oliver Franklin (1967 and Honorary Fellow)

Sir Andràs Schiff (Supernumerary Fellow): video of Wigmore Hall recital

Adam Smyth (Professor of English Literature and the History of the Book, and Tutorial Fellow): TEXT! - weekly short essays

Professor Timothy Williamson (1973): ‘What is it like to be a philosopher?’

Mick Herron (1981): Guardian interview by Charlotte Higgins (1990) 

Carmen Bugan (2000): 'On the 2021 Presidential Inauguration'


Paul Crittenden (1965), Life Hereafter: The Rise and Decline of a Tradition, Palgrave Macmillan, 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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