News and updates from Balliol College

August 2017

'This summer in the Garden Quad I have displayed some of my collection of scented-leaved pelargoniums, a lesser known group of these well-loved garden plants. Some have pretty flowers but the aroma of the leaves when rubbed adds another dimension for the senses. These plants are the chameleons of the plant world when it comes to the scents they adopt – the leaves of one plant may smell of roses/Turkish delight (‘Attar of Roses’), another peppermint (P. tomentosum), another citrus lemon (‘Mabel Grey’), even Seville oranges (‘Orange Fizz’). Other leaves are more open to opinion and it is interesting to hear visitors search for words to describe an aroma. Is it citrus, is it pine, is it boot polish?'
Chris Munday, Head Gardener


Finals success

With 44 out of 133 Finalists achieving firsts, Balliol remains in the top ten of the Norrington Table. READ MORE

Prize for Eliot anthology

Honorary Fellow Professor Sir Christopher Ricks has won the Modernist Studies Association Prize. READ MORE

Fremantle murals restored

Murals by C.E. Fremantle (1925) depicting the story of the foundation of Balliol have been restored. READ MORE


Kate Raworth (1990) writes about how Monopoly was invented to demonstrate the evils of capitalism 

Interview with UN Special Representative Matthew Nimetz (1960) on Greece/Macedonia naming dispute

Professor Charles Spencer (1988) has created an in-flight meal to calm nerves

Interview with Professorial Fellow Nick Trefethen on winning the George Polya Prize for Mathematical Exposition


How poetry can inspire young people

At a T-Talk in February the Master spoke about how poetry can inspire the young to achieve their dreams. WATCH VIDEO


Debut feature film

Baldwin Li (2001) has produced England is Mine, a biopic about the singer Morrissey in the 1970s. READ MORE

Podcast on the future of law

Professor Richard Susskind (1983) features in a podcast about technology and AI in the legal profession. LISTEN


Medieval manuscripts on view

A new exhibition of manuscripts is to open for the Oxford Open Doors weekend and in Michaelmas Term. READ MORE


12 September 2017
Entrepreneurs Evening: Professor Peter Donnelly in Conversation with Sir Gregory Winter
Balliol College

Friday-Sunday 15-17 September 2017 
Meeting Minds Alumni Weekend

Saturday-Sunday 16-17 September
Balliol Society Weekend
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Tuesday 10 October 2017
Lunch for pre-1945 matriculands 
Balliol College

Monday 23 October 2017
Master's Retirement Reception NEW
Hong Kong

Tuesday 24 October 2017
Entrepreneurs Evening: Health, Science and Entrepreneurship NEW


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