Balliol graduates, or Middle Common Room (MCR) members, are fortunate to enjoy the advantages both of being part of a large and established College, and of forming an independent, active and diverse graduate community. Indeed, the Balliol MCR is the envy of many other Oxford Colleges.

Graduate life is centred on Holywell Manor, where more than two thirds of graduates live. The Manor itself is some ten minutes walk from the main College site, and comprises a complex of buildings dating from the 15th century to the 1990s. The facilities and the proximity of most graduates means that the MCR enjoys an active social calendar through all terms.

Upcoming Event: Holywell Festival 2018
2pm 21 April 2018

Following the enormous success of the Holywell Manor Festival in 2013 and 2016, we are delighted to announce the third Holywell Manor Festival on Saturday 21st April.

The Festival celebrates the achievements and experiences of the Balliol community with an afternoon of talks and panel sessions by alumni from across the globe, related to this year’s theme of “Truth and Translation”. Current graduate students, fellows and alumni will gather in Holywell Manor for an intellectual programme of talks and discussion followed by a champagne reception. Confirmed speakers include Dame Steve Shirley, Professor Patrick Joyce, Roopa Unnikrishnan, Charlotte Leslie, Geoff Mulgan and Jennifer Robinson.

The Festival begins at 2pm with registration and coffee. Formal sessions take place around the Manor from 2.30pm followed by a champagne reception in the evening. For members of the MCR who would like to attend please purchase online, by email hm.festival@balliol.ox.ac.uk or call 01865 277690