Equality and Diversity

Meet the University Advocate for Equality and Diversity: Dr Rebecca Surender


Equality of Opportunity

With over 14,000 staff from around the world, everyone at the University contributes to creating an a supportive culture.

Entry into employment with the University and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit and the application of criteria which are related to the duties of each particular post and the relevant salary structure. In all cases, ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration. No applicant shall be discriminated against because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Visit the Equality and Diversity website to find out about equality-related networks, training, mentoring and support for disabled staff.  



Equality Charters

The University has signed up to the following Charters:   

Athena SWAN

A national charter that recognises good practice in promoting gender equality in higher education. Athena SWAN has been represented throughout the University in all the Divisions. The University of Oxford was a founder member of the Athena Charter and has held an institutional award since 2006.

Race Equality Charter

A national charter mark aimed at improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students in higher education.

Stonewall Top 100 Employer

Stonewall is Europe’s largest lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) charity and the University of Oxford is proud to be part of its Diversity Champion Programme.