Equality and Diversity
As part of its Equality Policy the University of Oxford aims to provide an inclusive environment which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected to assist them in reaching their full potential.
The University will work to remove any barriers which might deter people of the highest potential and ability from applying to Oxford, either as staff or students.
All members of the University must comply with the University’s Equality policy. There are also various resources available to help you to develop your knowledge of equality and diversity issues which will, in turn, help you to integrate equality and diversity into your work.
- Equality and diversity briefing is an online course is designed to help you reflect on equality and diversity issues as they affect you in your role at the University. You can book the course via this link.
- Implicit bias is an online course designed to help you understand implicit bias and its effects on behaviour and decision-making at work. You may also wish to view the related videos, Little things matter: The impact of micro-behaviours and micro-inequities, which illustrate the impact of unconscious bias in everyday interactions.
- Race Awareness - Tackling race bias at work: There is considerable evidence that racial bias and discrimination continue to impact negatively on the working lives of people from a Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) background across the UK. Developed in partnership with Professor Binna Kandola, Senior Partner and co-founder of leading business psychology consultancy Pearn Kandola, this course takes a bold look at the nature of ‘modern racism’ and its influence in the workplace. It will offer staff the opportunity to better understand racism in the workplace and make key changes to tackle racism and race bias. Click Tackling Race bias at work to access the training.
- Impact of micro-behaviours in the workplace - Four short videos that explore micro-behaviours and micro-inequities and the important part they play in our working relationships, and in addressing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
- The Equality and Diversity Unit offers a wide range of training and mentoring, click here for the full list.
Networks are a way to get to know people with a shared interest. Below are some staff networks supported by the Equality and Diversity Unit.
Click here for more University Networks.
FURTHER INFORMATION FOR NEW LGBT+ STAFF
The Equality and Diversity Unit and the LGBT+ Advisory Group have collated information we hope will be useful in helping you navigate and settle into the University of Oxford. Details include the Oxford University LGBT+ Staff Network, the Oxford Area Academic LGBT+ Staff Network, LGBT+ Role Models, LGBT+ Allies and a range of support, activities, training and staff benefits.
Click here to download the University's Leaflet for new LGBT+ Staff.
FURTHER INFORMATION on race equality at oxford
The University’s participation in the Race Equality Charter provides a framework to identify and reflect on the institutional barriers faced by minority ethnic students and staff. Through an extensive three-year consultation process the University community agreed strategic areas of action for students and staff outlined in the Race Equality Charter application and action plan. Progress to advance race equality is ongoing. Some of the University’s current actions are listed in this resource from the Equality and Diversity Unit. The list is not exhaustive but serves as an example of some of the work that is underway.
The Equality and Diversity Unit has also put together list of resources is for staff and students to deepen their understanding of anti-racism work in higher education. The material included describes how racism manifests in UK society and the university context, and suggests ways to counter it. This is not an exhaustive list, and is being adapted as new evidence is found.