The Equality Act places all public bodies under an active duty to promote equality and requires them to set themselves at least one objective which they believe they ought to meet in order to further any of the aims of the General Equality Duty.
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 aim to:
The majority of our targets for the 2016 to 2020 period were renewed in March 2020, pending a comprehensive review of the University’s equality priorities. Progress towards the 2020 targets will be reported in the next Equality Report (March 2021).
New objectives will be consulted on during 2020/21 in light of:
Please see the annual Equality Report for an overview of progress towards our equality objectives as well as data on current staff and students, recruitment and admissions.
Increase the proportion of women in senior roles
Improve the recruitment and retention of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff
Consolidate our position in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list
Achieve the equality-related objectives set out in the Access and Participation Plan
Eliminate the undergraduate gender attainment gap by 2030
Approved by Council 16 March 2020.