News and updates from Balliol College   

September 2021

‘It was great to see a wide range of Old Members at the Balliol Society weekend. This event was one of the first occasions when we were able to welcome former students to Balliol since the onset of the pandemic. It was the renewal of a long-standing tradition, but it also felt like something new, and rather special, after the hiatus of the last 18 months. The Freshers will arrive shortly, and then we might dare to believe that the life of the College is getting back to its familiar ways.’
Martin Conway (History Tutor, and Honorary Secretary of the Balliol Society)

Sylvester Medal

Emeritus Fellow and Savilian Professor Frances Kirwan (1981) has been awarded the Royal Society’s Sylvester Medal for her research on quotients in algebraic geometry. Read more

Gabor Medal

Honorary Fellow Professor Sir Peter Donnelly (1980), co-founder of Genomics, has been awarded the Royal Society’s Gabor Medal for his work in the genomic revolution in human disease research. Read more

Fellows of the British Academy

Balliol Old Members Gregory Hutchinson (1975) and Paul Roberts (1987), and former Fellow Helen Steward, are among those who have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy this year. Read more

New Montague Burton Chair

Professor Neta Crawford has been appointed Montague Burton Chair in International Relations and a Professorial Fellow at Balliol. Read more

Floreat students visit Balliol

For the residential part of this year’s Floreat Access Programme, 40 Year-12 students had a taste of life as undergraduates, attending a tutorial and academic workshops. Read more

All about holes

Issue 2 of Inscription: The Journal of Material Text, edited by English Fellow Professor Adam Smyth, features articles and art works on the relationship between books and holes. Read more

‘Proceeds of Slavery’ study

Commissioned as part of the ‘Balliol and Empire' project research programme, a report on the extent to which the College endowment includes the proceeds of slavery has been published. Read more

‘Slavery in the Age of Revolution’

Balliol Library’s new exhibition, with accompanying 50-minute film and catalogue, forms the basis of a project on teaching the transatlantic slave trade, involving UK and US teachers. Read more

Prize for science breakthrough

Professor Dilip Menon (1984) has been awarded a ‘Science Breakthrough of the Year 2021 in Social Sciences and Humanities’ prize by the Falling Walls Foundation. Read more

Education appointments

Robin Walker (1997) has been appointed Schools Minister and David Johnston (2000) Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Department of Education. Read more

Balliol Society Lecture

The lecture given by English Fellow Professor Seamus Perry at the Balliol Society Weekend on ‘The Diversity of Romanticism’ is available to view online. Watch lecture

Benefactors' picnic

Over 100 of Balliol’s most loyal supporters came to College with their families for an informal picnic and optional tour of the new buildings. Read more

Exam success

Congratulations to all the finalists who earned their undergraduate degrees this summer, 44.5 per cent of whom achieved Firsts. Read more

Research Fellowship

DPhil student Petros Spanou has been awarded a Royal Historical Society/Institute of Historical Research Centenary Fellowship for doctoral research. Read more

Early Career Investigator award

DPhil student Henry West has won the British Atherosclerosis Society’s Early Career Investigator Competition 2021. Read more

Obituary: Grey Gowrie (1959) - Times and Guardian

Daniel Butt (Robert Maxwell Fellow and Tutor in Political Theory): ‘Corrupting the Youth: Should Parents Feed their Children Meat?

Ian Goldin (Professor of Globalisation and Development and Special Supernumerary Fellow): ‘Covid-19 has made fighting inequality more critical than ever

Amit Chaudhuri (1987 and Honorary Fellow): Radio 3, The Essay: The Songs that Shaped Me 

Robert Peston (1972): Times interview

Rory Stewart (1992): Times interview and New Statesman interview

Carmen Bugan (2000): OUP blogpost interview - podcast  

Celebration for Bishop John Coleridge Patteson (1845) 


Sir Mathew Thorpe (1957), A Divided Heart: Walking the Jakobsweg in Austria: The Pilgrim Paths to Santiago de Compostela (Journey Books, 2021)

Hubert Murray (1965), ‘Landscape as Resistance in the West Bank’ and ‘Dear Yasmeen’, Places Journal (University of California, Berkeley, 2021)

John Beckman (1967), Multimessenger Astronomy (Springer, 2021)

Stephanie Norgate (1979), The Conversation (Bloodaxe Books, 2021)

Danielle Clode (1990): with Gillian Dooley (eds.), First Wave: Exploring Early Coastal Contact History in Australia (Wakefield Press: 2019); In Search of the Woman who Sailed the World (Picador, 2020)

Lisa Nicholas (2000), Don’t Forget Me (Olympia Publishers, 2021)

Orlando Bird (2008) with Michael Bird, Writers' Letters (Frances Lincoln, 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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