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Balliol College
Balliol College's front quad.
(Credit: Ian Taylor)

Balliol College

Balliol is one of the oldest and largest colleges. In the 19th century it led the University reforms that resulted in the selection of students solely on academic ability. This remains the cornerstone of the University’s admissions policy: we are committed to attracting women and men of exceptional potential regardless of their social, cultural or educational background.

Balliol CollegeA student repairs their bicycle in the grounds of Balliol College.
Our dynamic student community is drawn from a broad spectrum of schools within the UK, and also from elsewhere in the EU and overseas.

College life is subsidised in many ways but, in addition, eligible students can apply for a wide range of maintenance and hardship grants as well as special funds for research and travel. 

Many prominent figures in public life have graduated from Balliol. The college has a reputation for academic excellence alongside a friendly atmosphere and lively spirit of intellectual debate.


Balliol stands on Broad Street in the city centre, just metres from the Bodleian Library and a short walk or cycle ride from University academic departments. Its modern annexe is 5 minutes away on Jowett Walk.

Accommodation and meals

The majority of undergraduates can be housed in college rooms for the duration of their course, though many choose to live in private rented accommodation elsewhere in Oxford for their second year.

Student meals are served in hall and there is an optional pre-payment scheme which is very economical. There is also the Pantry in the Junior Common Room (JCR), a café serving food and drink at subsidised rates. There are self-catering kitchenettes on the main site and in the new buildings.

Read more on the college website.


Balliol has a large and well-stocked library (open 24/7), a law library and the Balliol Historic Collections Centre.

The college also has a music room, a computer room and a purpose-built theatre, the Michael Pilch Studio, as well as a gym and a range of sports facilities including a boathouse.

The chapel offers weekly services and a place for reflection to all.

Student societies

Balliol has one of the largest and arguably most active student bodies in the University, with a reputation for political and altruistic activism.

The centre of undergraduate life is the JCR, which organises lots of social events, as well as offering a student-run bar and the Pantry.

Students can get involved in many activities, including our non-auditioning choir, the annual charity musical, subject societies and other societies – such as the A&B, a light-hearted debating club – and a number of sports, from football and rowing to mixed lacrosse and ultimate frisbee.

Academic staff

Biological Sciences

Dr Sebastian Shimeld* 
Professor Jonathan Bard
Dr Arthur Thomas 

Biomedical Sciences

see Medicine


Professor Dermot O’Hare*
Dr William Barford*
Dr Rachel Quarrell 
Dr Mark Ford
Dr Michael Laidlaw
Mr Max Marcus
Mr Will Smith
Dr Zoe Turner 

Computer Science

Professor Tom Melham*
Dr Edith Elkind*
Mr Martin Lester


Professor David Vines*
Dr James Forder*
Mr Michael Koelle
Mr Daniel Susskind 


Professor Dominic O’Brien*
Professor Robert Field*
Dr Jin-Chong Tan*
Dr David Clifton*
Dr Anca Popescu 


Dr Seamus Perry*
Dr Adam Smyth*
Dr Kylie Murray*
Dr Daniel Tyler
Mrs Hannah Bailey 


Dr Sophie Marnette*
Mr Thomas Cuthbertson
Dr Cecile Deer
Dr Pauline Souleau


Dr Ray Ockenden
Mr Ufuk Öfzëk

Greek (Modern)

Dr Dimitris Papanikolaou

Greek Literature

Dr Adrian Kelly*

History, Ancient

Dr Rosalind Thomas*
Dr Alison Rosenblitt

History, Modern

Professor Martin Conway*
Dr Simon Skinner*
Dr Lesley Abrams*
Dr John-Paul Ghobrial*
Dr George Gilbert
Dr Simon John


Dr Elena Lombardi*

Latin Literature

Dr Matthew Robinson*
Mr Stephen Chambers


Professor Timothy Endicott*
Dr Grant Lamond*
Mr Thomas Adams
Mr Samuel Williams
Dr Frederick Wilmot-Smith 


Dr Sandra Paoli*


Professor Thomas Noe*
Ms Suellen Littleton


Professor Frances Kirwan*
Dr Derek Moulton*
Dr Coralia Cartis*
Dr Vicky Neale
Dr Giovanna Scataglini Belghitar  


Dr Lisa Walker*
Dr Martin Burton*
Professor Robin Choudhury*
Professor Manuela Zaccolo*
Professor Victoria Bajo Lorenzana
Professor Jonathan Bard
Dr Tom Cosker
Dr Nele Demeyere
Professor Gillian Morriss-Kay
Dr Piers Nye
Dr Arthur Thomas

Oriental Studies

Professor Christopher Minkowski*
Professor Stefano Zachetti* 


Professor David Wallace*
Professor Ofra Magidor*
Dr Brian Ball  
Dr Rowland Stout

Philosophy, Ancienct

Dr Stefano Sienkiewicz*


Professor Brian Foster*
Dr Armin Reichold*
Professor Andre Lukas*
Dr David Lucas*
Dr Anthony Dyson
Dr Christopher Palmer
Dr Juan Rojo 


Dr Sudhir Hazareesingh*
Dr Scot Peterson*
Dr Daniel Butt*
Dr Will Jones*


Dr Maria Donapetry

Student welfare


The Revd Bruce Kinsey*


Dr Rachel Quarrell*

Women's Adviser

Dr Lisa Walker*

*Fellow of the college