On 18 March 2017, alumni and friends of Balliol joined the Master and speakers for a seminar celebrating the impact that Balliol has made on Oxford and generations of talented students, through reforms that originated in Balliol and culminated under Benjamin Jowett, Master of Balliol 1870-1893.
Entitled ‘Keeping Higher Education Open: Access, Safe Spaces and the International Context’, the speakers were Professor Louise Richardson (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford), Michael Freeman (Balliol 1969) and Oliver St Clair Franklin (Balliol 1967). Also on the panel were Vicky Neale (Supernumerary Fellow and Whitehead Lecturer in Mathematics) and Kate Kettle (Balliol 2007 and former David Freeman Outreach and Student Support Officer).
Following discussion and debate, Professor Richard Jenkyns ( Balliol 1967) gave a talk about Benjamin Jowett. JCR and MCR students hosted a poster exhibition of their work and talked to guests about the student experience at Balliol. The day concluded with a drinks reception and the Jowett Bicentenary Dinner in Hall.
The occasion, which marked the bicentenary of Jowett’s birth, also saw the launch of the Jowett Society for regular donors.
Professor Sir Drummond Bone (Master), with a portrait of Jowett behind him on his right:
The panel: left to right, Oliver St Clair Franklin, Professor Louise Richardson, Michael Freeman, Vicky Neale, Kate Kettle:
Professor Louise Richardson:
Oliver St Clair Franklin:
Oliver Franklin and the Vice-Chancellor (photo by Piers Nye):
Vicky Neale (left) and Kate Kettle:
A question from the audience:
Old Members in the audience:
Professor Richard Jenkyns:
Old Member and Balliol student:
Old Members and Balliol student:
Jowett Bicentenary Dinner in Hall:
All photographs on this page are by Stuart Bebb, unless otherwise indicated.