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In her role as chair of the Centenary Commission on Adult Education, Balliol Master Dame Helen Ghosh has spoken about the contribution that lifelong access to adult education could make to the economy and to people’s quality of life and opportunity.
We are greatly saddened by the death of Professor David Maurice Brink, BSc Tasmania, MA DPhil Oxf, FRS, Balliol Fellow and Tutor in Physics 1958–1993, Vice-Master 1976–1978 and Emeritus Fellow from 1993. He died on 8 March 2021.
Hardit Singh Malik (Balliol 1912), the first Indian to join the British air services, who became known as ‘the Flying Sikh’, is to be commemorated with a statue in Southampton. The memorial is to be dedicated to the black and ethnic minority service personnel who lost their lives in the two world wars.
Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture (Allen Lane, 2020) by Sudhir Hazareesingh (CUF Lecturer in Politics and Tutorial Fellow in Politics) has been shortlisted for the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize, 2020, to be announced on 9 March. It is also a finalist for the Pen/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography, 2021, to be awarded in April.
At this time of the year the College would usually hold the Snell Dinner, a feast marking Balliol’s Scottish links, its associations with the University of Glasgow, and John Snell, whose legacy has supported Snell Exhibitioners for more than 300 years.
In the Oxford Preservation Trust Awards 2020, the refurbishment of the Master’s Lodgings was awarded a Runner-up Certificate in the Small Projects category and the Lodge refurbishment received a Letter of Commendation.
Professor David Macdonald (Junior Research Fellow in Biological Sciences, Balliol 1976-1979) is to lead the Oxford GAV Conservation Venture Studio, which has a mission to bring forward innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental problems.
Graduate law student Samuel Bailey (2020, BCL) was in an Oxford team that won prizes at the Northern European Rounds of the Price Media Moot 2021.
Congratulations to Talita de Souza Dias (Balliol 2016) on being awarded a Special Mention of the English-Speaking René Cassin Thesis Prize 2020.
Hew Balfour (Balliol 1970) remembers how in 1971 the rowing world held its breath as Balliol’s First VIII began the defence of their title as Head of Torpids, won and held for the previous three years.