March 2021

I suspect all of you, like us, will have been looking back at the past 12 months, and thinking about what the pandemic has meant for you. Despite the challenges, there have been positives for us: tremendous support from alumni that has enabled us to give practical help to our students hit hardest by the pandemic, a real sense of the College pulling together in a crisis, and great teaching and research going on even when life was virtual. But alongside the stress that it has placed on so many people – students and staff – it’s made us realise that a College without people in it to support, inspire and energise each other in real life is not a community in the fullest sense of the word. So we are very much looking forward – with fingers firmly crossed – to welcoming students and staff back for Trinity Term as lockdown is gradually eased. And we hope the sun will shine!’
Dame Helen Ghosh DCB, Master of Balliol

Professor David Brink FRS 1930-2021

The Balliol flag flew at half mast in memory of Emeritus Fellow Professor David Brink, physicist and ‘pillar of the College’, who died on 8 March. Read more

Master calls for lifelong access to education

As chair of the Centenary Commission, the Master argues that lifelong access to adult education is an essential part of Building Back Better. Read more

Videos for sixth-formers

New videos by Oxford graduates for those considering university offer a window into the diversity of research interests at Oxford, as the Springboard video project goes live. Read more

Impact Report 2021

Our report celebrating the difference that the support of Old Members and friends makes to the lives of Balliol students and academics has been published in print and online. Read online

Boatman retires

It’s the end of an era for Balliol rowing as Steve Gaisford retires after more than 40 years as Balliol’s boatman. If you'd like to send him a message, we'll pass it on. Read more

New Generation Thinker

Mirela Ivanova (2015) is one of ten 2021 New Generation Thinkers to have been selected by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and BBC Radio 3. Read more

Commemorative statue 

Hardit Singh Malik (1912), the first Indian to join the British air services who became known as ‘the Flying Sikh’, is to be commemorated with a statue in Southampton. Read more

Journalism Fellowship

Graduate student Felix Simon has been awarded a Knight News Innovation Fellowship at Columbia University’s Tow Center for the Study of Digital Journalism. Read more

Ethics prizes

Imogen Rivers was winner in the undergraduate category and Rebecca Clark runner-up in the graduate category of the Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics 2021. Read more

Micro-internship experience

PPE undergraduate Emily Passmore investigated the carbon footprint of money as part of her micro-internship with a local company who are responding to climate change. Read more

Standing for election

Graduate student Michael O’Connor is standing as a Labour candidate for election to Oxford City Council. Read more

University Challenge

If you missed the Balliol team playing in the semi-final against Magdalene College, Cambridge, you can still see the match online. Read more


Professor Martin Conway (MacLellan-Warburg Fellow and Tutor in History): ‘Making Trump History

Revd Canon Bruce Kinsey (Chaplain): University Church sermon - audio 

Professor Robert Lieberman (Winant Visiting Professor of American Government): interview

Richard Ovenden (Bodley’s Librarian and Professorial Fellow): ‘Keeping Oxford reading

Ruby Waterworth (2007): 'Generation COVID'? Socio-economic factors impacting young people's mental health in the wake of the pandemic


Alan Montefiore (Emeritus Fellow) (ed. Danielle Sands), Philosophy and the Human Paradox: Essays on Reason, Truth and Identity (Routledge, 2020)

Charles Leedham-Green (1959) (translated and annotated), Isaac Newton, The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2021)

Ben Fine (1966), O Capital de Marx: Volume 1 (Editora Contracorrente, 2021); with Kate Bayliss, A Guide to the Systems of Provision Approach: Who Gets What, How and Why (Palgrave, 2021)

Claire Foster (1984), Miles to Go Before I Sleep: Letters on Hope, Death and Learning to Live (Hodder, 2021)

Ian Mackenzie (1984), Language Structure, Variation and Change: The Case of Old Spanish Syntax (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

Riccardo Viale (1984), Routledge Handbook of Bounded Rationality (Routledge, 2020)

Michele Gamburd (1987), Linked Lives: Elder Care, Migration, and Kinship in Sri Lanka (Rutgers University Press, 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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