News and updates from Balliol College   

June 2021

‘Now that the weather has improved after the wet spring the MCR has been able to be more active. The Holywell Manor garden has played host to a variety of events; from welfare teas to the Praefectus’ coffee mornings, there has been something for everyone. Balliol’s sports teams have also been in action, with shouts from coxes on the river and the gentle hum of lawnmower all signs of the return to a more normal Balliol experience.’
Dominic Dootson (MCR President)


Wolfson winner

Sudhir Hazareesingh (CUF Lecturer in Politics and Tutorial Fellow in Politics) won the prestigious Wolfson History Prize 2021 for his biography of Toussaint Louverture, Black Spartacus. Read more

Körber Prize

The chemist Professor Clare Grey FRS (Junior Research Fellow 1990/1991 and Honorary Fellow), who pioneered the optimisation of batteries using NMR spectroscopy, has won the Körber European Science Prize 2021. Read more

Birthday Honours

Balliol alumni - including Professor Alissa Goodman (1990), left - have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021. Read more

Edward Mortimer 1943-2021

The College is greatly saddened by the loss of Edward Mortimer (1962 and Honorary Fellow), Distinguished Fellow of All Souls, who died on 18 June. Read more

Master's Field completed

The pavilion and the last accommodation blocks in the new development have now all been handed over to the College and will be furnished in time for Michaelmas Term. Read more

Video tour for applicants

As Open Days will be virtual this year, we have a new video in which a third-year medical student shows prospective applicants around Balliol and describes undergraduate life here. Read more

Introduction to tutorials

In another video for the Virtual Open Days, tutors in six subjects talk about what tutorials at Balliol are like; there are also six longer individual subject videos. Read more

Autophagy symposium

Recordings are available of the inaugural symposium of ‘The Future of Autophagy to Prevent and Reverse the Diseases of Aging’, a Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute project. Read more

Summer Torpids

‘It was the best thing ever to be back racing,’ said Balliol College Boat Club after the rowing event that replaced the traditional Summer Eights this year. Read more


Professor Martin Conway (MacLellan-Warburg Fellow and Tutor in History): interview with Review of Democracy  

Vicky Neale (Whitehead Lecturer in Mathematics and Supernumerary Fellow): interview with Philosophical Trials

Daniel Susskind (2006 and CDF in Economics 2017-2021): ‘Automation Nation’ - radio series, BBC World Service 

David Vines (Emeritus Fellow): ‘The G7 Suns Its Cornwall Consensus – Analysis’, Eurasia Review

Professor Simon Lee (1976): ‘Virtue-anchoring

Hephzi Pemberton (2004): interview with BBN Times

Sai Rajagopal (MPhil Economics, 2020), ‘Save Afghanistan’s Sikhs and Hindus


Alexander Woolley (1955): A New Vision (Troubador Publishing, 2021)

Nick Stoy (1964), ‘Involvement of Interleukin-1 Receptor-Associated Kinase 4 and Interferon Regulatory Factor 5 in the Immunopathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2 Infection: Implications for the Treatment of COVID-19’ (Frontiers in Immunology, 2021)

Richard Soare (1982) et al (eds), Mars Geological Enigmas: From the Late Noachian Epoch to the Present Day (Elsevier, 2021)

Carmen Bugan (2000), Poetry and the Language of Oppression (OUP, 2021)

Hephzi Pemberton (2004), The Diversity Playbook: Transforming Business with Inclusion and Innovation (Equality Group Global Ltd, 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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