Equality and Diversity

The Equality and Diversity Unit supports the University’s commitment to fostering an inclusive culture 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.

They have a team of advisors covering each area of equality and diversity, in relation to both staff and students – except provision for disabled students. This is the responsibility of the Disability Advisory Service.

They also support the University’s Harassment Advisory Service and Harassment Advisors’ Network.

Their work is overseen by the Equality and Diversity Panel, which reports to the Education and Personnel Committees of Council. The Panel is chaired by the University Advocate for Equality and Diversity.

The Gender Equality Advisory Group, Disability Advisory Group,  LGBT+ Advisory Group, Race Equality Charter Action Plan Working Group are all formal groups, with staff and student representation from across the collegiate University, that advise both us and the Panel. The work of these groups is in turn supported by a number of informal networks. Visit our networks page for more information (link in right hand menu). 

Staff disability support service

The University of Oxford wants to attract people of high potential to study and work here.  That is likely to include some people who are living with a disability or long-term health condition.  People may also acquire a disability or long-term health conditions during their employment here. Some people may not need any extra support, but for others making ‘reasonable adjustments’ will enable them to flourish.

The University's commitment to fostering an inclusive culture means that we recognise that people are different and work in different ways. Creativity and flexibility are the key to supporting disabled members of staff.

Contact the Equality and Diversity team

Adrienne Hopkins, Head of Unit
 01865 (2)89821

Sara Smith, Policy Advisor
 01865 (2)89829

Sarah Stephenson-Hunter, Staff Disability Advisor
 01865 (2)80687

Dr Machilu Zimba, Policy Advisor (Race Equality, Religion and Belief) 
 01865 (2)89936

Caroline Kennedy, Equality and Harassment Administrator
 01865 (2)89825