Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

As a world-leading institution, the University of Oxford has a deep commitment to fostering an inclusive culture that promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all of its staff and student are respected. The Vice-Chancellor has an important role to play in providing leadership towards upholding this commitment.

Our Equality and Diversity Unit supports institutional and individual efforts and actions to achieve a diverse, inclusive, fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

The University has agreed a suite of objectives reflecting Oxford’s strategic priorities in relation to recruitment, progression and equality of opportunity, as set out in the Strategic Plan. The overarching equality objectives are to:

  • increase the proportion of women in senior academic roles;
  • increase the proportion of Black and minority ethnic (BME) staff in senior roles;
  • promote the visibility and inclusion of LGBT+ staff and students; and
  • widen undergraduate access and admissions.

We seek to embed equality, diversity and inclusion into every aspect of University life and are proud of the recent progress that we have made in this area, whilst recognising that there is still more to be done. Recent achievements include reaching 76 in the top 100 employers in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index recognising LGBT+ inclusion, implementing the Oxford Living Wage (impacting almost 2,000 of the University’s lowest paid staff), achieving 42% representation of women on our most senior committees and supporting a growing number of departments to achieve Athena Swan awards. The University’s Race Equality Task Force will shortly deliver an ambitious strategy to accelerate progress on race equality. We value the diversity of our staff and student body and celebrate that a growing number of our students are from state school backgrounds and of Black, Asian, Mixed or Other non-White heritage; 50% of staff are women; and 44.5% of academic and research staff originate from outside of the UK.

For more information see: edu.admin.ox.ac.uk/equality-report