Jowett Bicentenary Seminar

Tuesday 28 March

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:  

Professor Sir Drummond Bone (Master of Balliol) (photo: Stuart Bebb)

The panel: left to right, Oliver St Clair Franklin, Professor Louise Richardson, Michael Freeman, Vicky Neale, Kate Kettle:

Panel at Balliol's Jowett Bicentenary Seminar 2017 (photo: Stuart Bebb)

Professor Louise Richardson:

Professor Louise Richardson (photo: Stuart Bebb)

Oliver St Clair Franklin:

Oliver Franklin (photo: Stuart Bebb)

Michael Freeman:

Michael Freeman (photo: Stuart Bebb)

Oliver Franklin and the Vice-Chancellor (photo by Piers Nye):

Oliver Franklin and Professor Louise Richardson (photo: Piers Nye)

Vicky Neale (left) and Kate Kettle:

Vicky Neale (left) and Kate Kettle (photo: Stuart Bebb)

A question from the audience:

Audience at Jowett Bicentenary Seminar 2017 (photo: Stuart Bebb)

Old Members in the audience:

Audience at the Jowett Bicentenary Seminar (photo: Stuart Bebb)

Professor Richard Jenkyns:

Professor Richard Jenkyns (photo: Stuart Bebb)

Old Member and Balliol student:

Old Member and Balliol student (photo: Stuart Bebb)

Old Members and Balliol student:

Old Members and Balliol student (photo: Stuart Bebb)

Jowett Bicentenary Dinner in Hall:

Jowett Bicentenary Dinner 2017 (photo: Stuart Bebb)

All photographs on this page are by Stuart Bebb, unless otherwise indicated.