Balliol College

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Balliol College
founding 1263
Sponsorship University of Oxford
place Oxford
country United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
master Helen Ghosh
Students Undergraduates : 366
Postgraduates : 359
Employee 120
Foundation assets £ 119.1 million (2018)
University sports Rowing club
Website Homepage
Balliol College
Balliol College dining room

The Balliol College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford ; it was founded around 1263.

Its students are traditionally some of the most politically active at the university, and alumni include several prime ministers . Balliol is also - compared to the other colleges - the one with the most foreign students.

During Benjamin Jowett's rectorate in the 19th century, the Balliol rose to one of the top places among colleges and continues to play an important role today. HH Asquith said that the people of Balliol had "the calm awareness of effortless superiority."

Balliol College was founded by John de Balliol around 1263 under the leadership of the Bishop of Durham . After his death in 1269, his widow Dervorguilla de Balliol made arrangements for the college's permanent existence; it raised capital and drafted the college statutes in 1282, which are still in existence today.

The official coat of arms of the college was divided between the Balliol (shield in the shield red / silver) and the Galloway (inverted silver lion on a blue background) because of their high service to the college at the end of the 18th century.

Former Balliol College students




Literature / art

Mathematics / science / technology



View from the garden of the Balliol College buildings.




Currently in Parliament

After World War II

After the First World War

Before the First World War

Foreign politicians and heads of state


Politics, Philosophy, Economics (PPE)

Known non-matriculated listeners

Individual evidence

  1. Balliol College: Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2018 (PDF)
  2. DR Thorpe: Supermac - The Life of Harold Macmillan. Chatto & Windus, London 2010, page 41

Web links

Commons : Balliol College  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files


  • John Jones: Balliol College. A history. 2nd edition. Oxford University Press, Oxford 1997, ISBN 0-19-920181-1 .

Coordinates: 51 ° 45 ′ 16 "  N , 1 ° 15 ′ 27"  W.