Supporting our staff
DPAG is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and students. Our policies and practices support that commitment and we hope that the following resources will be useful to you during your time with us:
- Family Friendly
- Coaching, mentoring and professional development
- Training and personal development
- Career progression
- Equality and Diversity
- Health and Wellbeing
- Anti-Bullying and harassment
- More resources for new staff
Resources for self-led learning and addressing our biases
General Training and Websites
Panel Discussion: Navigating STEM as a BIPOC (video) - A recording of a panel discussion about navigating STEM as a person of colour from the Oxford University BIPOC STEM Network held on 11 March 2021
‘Not built for minorities to succeed’: black scientists on academia’s race problem (interviews) - The Guardian interviews three senior academics in medicine, chemistry and physics who share their experiences and thoughts on how to improve underrepresentation.
Chemist Raychelle Burks Reflects on Being a Black Woman in STEM (video) - A short extract from "Picture a Scientist," a 90-minute feature film, that captures the longstanding discrimination against women in STEM. Those with intersectional identities, like Dr Raychelle Burks, experience layered discrimination.
Not-racist v anti-racist: what’s the difference? (video) - In this bitesize video (<3 min) from the BBC, John Amaechi discusses the difference between being not-racist and being anti-racist.
What is white privilege? (video) - In this bitesize video (<3 min) from the BBC, John Amaechi encourages us to think about our privileges, white or otherwise.
Re:Tension (film) - Re:Tension is a short 20 minute film that considers institutional racism and the gap in student retention amongst BAME (Black, Asian and Minority, Ethnic) students within British universities. The film was inspired by analysing statistical data that highlighted the unexplained dropout rate of BAME students. The film attempts to provide an insight into unconscious racial harassment within HE and the micro-aggressions that often go unnoticed.
Women Empowered in Science (podcast) - A podcast empowering BAME women in life sciences and medical fields, featuring interviews with successful and inspirational ethnic women in STEM. Hosted by the Subramanian Laboratory at the University of Bath, UK.
10 Simple Rules For Building An Anti-Racist Lab (2020) V. Bala Chaudhary and Asmeret Asefaw Berhe. This paper, published in the PLOS Computational Biology journal in October 2020, outlines steps that can be taken to make research groups more equitable and inclusive.
- Don’t Touch My Hair – Emma Dabiri
- How to be an antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi
- Why I’m No Longer Taliking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Superior – Angela Saini
- How to argue with a racist – Adam Rutherford
- The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
(This highlights the source of HeLa cells and outlines importance of considering societal ethics in our scientific life. Intersectional with issue of sexism)
- Hello World – Hannah Fry
(Includes examples of how “unbiased” algorithms and technology are vulnerable to perpetuating “default white male”)
Gender and Male-centric view of medicine
- Invisible women – Caroline Criado Perez
- Rosalind Franklin: The dark lady of DNA – Brenda Maddox
- Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story – Angela Saini
- Forgotten History: Books to Honor Women's Contributions to Science (New York Public Library list)
Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
- The autobiography of a transgender scientist- Ben Barres
- Whipping Girl - Julia Serano
- Excluded - Julia Serano
How to adapt communication to support neurodiversity at work - Fair Play Talks – a guide to simple techniques to adapt your communication style to be more inclusive for autistic and neurodiverse colleagues.
Disability History Month UK webpage - contains a wealth of information, events and support.
Making virtual events accessible - from University of Oxford Communications.
Making physical events accessible - from University of Oxford Communications.
Departmental awareness videos
Our flagship videos are featured in regular promotional campaigns run throughout the year for relevant key events
Athena Swan website for more information on the impact of the charter outside the department.
Equality and Diversity Unit to find out how the University is committed to an inclusive working environment.
Athena Swan at the University of Oxford for more information on what the University as a whole is doing to implement the Athena Swan Charter.
Stonewall Diversity Champion to learn about the University's involvement in the Stonewall's Diversity Champions Programme, which ensures acceptance of LGBT staff in the workplace.
HR excellence in research to find out more about why the University has been recognised for a high standard of employee support.
OxWEST (Oxford Women in Engineering, Science and Technology) to find out what the University is doing to promote gender equality in STEM subjects.
WISE for more information on the campaign that is trying to promote gender equality in STEM subjects.
Conclusions and recommendations on women in scientific careers made by the Science and Technology Select Committee, on the House of Commons website.
New to the University is an introduction to the collegiate University, covering questions you may have when you first arrive as a member of staff.
Daily Info provides further information on living and working in Oxford.
Please see the employment pages of the University website for more resources.