News and updates from Balliol College   

January 2022

‘Speaking to alumni during Balliol’s Telethon campaign this year allowed me to learn about the fascinating careers, research and lives of Old Members. Hearing about the rich diversity of their fields of work, the way Balliol has changed since their time here - and the ways it hasn’t - made for very interesting conversations! Your kind generosity allows College to continue its support of students and ensure that we have Access and Outreach programmes that help those who deserve to be here to have the confidence to apply, regardless of their background.’
Vignesh Iyer (2020, Chemistry)

Site named after co-founder

The Master’s Field and Jowett Walk are to be known collectively as the ‘Dervorguilla site’ in honour of Balliol’s first benefactor. Read more

Floreat flourishes

Balliol’s access programme for Year 12 state school students has yielded record results this year, with nine participants receiving offers from Oxford University. Read more

Supporting offer-holders

The Opportunity Oxford scheme is one of the ways in which Balliol offer-holders, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, will be supported in their transition from school to university. Read more

Action on biodiversity

Balliol is to have a new Climate and Biodiversity Committee, the purpose of which will be to propose what the College can do to reduce its carbon footprint and improve the biodiversity of its gardens and open spaces. Read more

Paris book award

Sudhir Hazareesingh’s biography of Toussaint Louverture has been awarded the 2021 American Library in Paris Book Award. Read more

D3 becomes Blumberg

Nobel Prize-winner Baruch (Barry) Blumberg (Master 1989–1994) is among the eight Balliol people after whom a new building at the Master’s Field has been named. Read more

New Year Honours

Four Balliol alumni have received recognition from the Queen in the New Year Honours List. Read more

Last call for News and Notes

Send us your news - and a photo too, if you like - by Monday 5 February and we’ll still be able to include it in Floreat Domus 2022. Email your news

Omar Azfar Lecture 2022

Professor Adom Getachew from the University of Chicago will speak on ‘Africa for the Africans: A History of Self-Determination before Decolonization’:
4 February 2022, 5.00pm, online. Register here

Obituary: Brian Rutledge (1980)

­­­­­­­­­­­­­Dame Stephanie Shirley (Foundation Fellow): Private Passions, BBC Radio 3

Professor Adam Smyth (Tutorial Fellow in English): contributed to a discussion about paper on Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3 

Lakshman Sarup (1916): ‘Balliol College building in UK named after Indian Dr Lakshman Sarup, who got first DPhil from Oxford’ – Indian Express

Adam von Trott zu Solz (1931): ‘The Double Life of Munich’s “good German” – and would-be Hitler killer’ – Telegraph

Emma Mateo (2016, DPhil Sociology): ‘“All of Belarus has come out onto the streets”: exploring nationwide protest and the role of pre-existing social networks


Robin Wilson (1962), ed.: Oxford's Savilian Professors of Geometry: The First 400 Years (OUP, 2022) (30% off with promo code ASPROMP8)

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