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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:

Resources for self-led learning and addressing our biases

General Training and Websites

Implicit bias in the workplace (online course)

Challenging Behaviour: Dealing with bullying and harassment in the workplace (online course)

Little things matter: The Impact of micro-behaviours in the workplace (short videos)

Equality and diversity briefing (online course)

Inclusive workplace (online resources)

Inclusive leadership (online course)


Tackling Race Bias at work (online course)

University Anti-racism resources

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man (video)

About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge (Podcast)

Reni Eddo-Lodge in conversation with Dr Rebecca Surender (Pro Vice-Chancellor and Advocate for Diversity) (Podcast)

Peggy McIntosh: How to recognize your white privilege - and use it to fight inequality (TED talk)

Professor Binna Kandola OBE: 5 rules for leaders when challenging racism (Advance HE)

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.

Reading list

  • 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”)


Oxford and Colonialism Project

The Oxford and Empire Network

BBC documentaries including David Olusoga’s “Black and British” available on BOB (learning on screen) accessible via your SSO

Gender and Male-centric view of medicine

DPAG’s Athena SWAN application and action plan

Blogs and Podcasts on Gender Equality

Gender Equality Articles

Reading List:

Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

University of Oxford LGBT+ Role Models and mentors

Pride In Stem

Recordings of Oxford’s LGBT+ History Month Lectures (podcasts)

Reading list:

  • The autobiography of a transgender scientist- Ben Barres
  • Whipping Girl - Julia Serano
  • Excluded - Julia Serano 


The University of Oxford Annual Disability Lecture – recordings

Reading List from Oxford Student Union

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

Useful links

Athena SWAN Silver Award Logo

Athena Swan website for more information on the impact of the charter outside the department.



Oxford EDU Logo

Equality and Diversity Unit to find out how the University is committed to an inclusive working environment. 



Athena SWAN Bronze LogoAthena 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 LogoStonewall 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 logoHR excellence in research to find out more about why the University has been recognised for a high standard of employee support.




OxWest LogoOxWEST (Oxford Women in Engineering, Science and Technology) to find out what the University is doing to promote gender equality in STEM subjects.



WISE logoWISE for more information on the campaign that is trying to promote gender equality in STEM subjects.




House of Commons logo

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.

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