LGBT+ Staff Network

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The LGBT+ Staff Network welcomes all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans + Oxford University staff, including OUP and the colleges. Post-graduate students are also welcome to join. The + represents minority gender identities and sexual orientations not included explicitly in the acronym LGBT. The network is inclusive of people with multiple identities, and work collaboratively with the Disabled Staff and BME Staff Networks. 

The LGBT+ Staff Network is formally represented by the LGBT+ Advisory Group. The Network nominates and elects its members to the Advisory Group. 

The Network has a mail list that is used by the LGBT+ Advisory Group to keep Network members up to date on relevant events, opportunities and changes to University policies. The Network also has a Teams Channel for more interactive conversations and updates. The Network holds various meetings throughout the year, both social and work-related. Membership of the list will be kept confidential.



Further information for LGBT+ Staff

To receive up to date information on events please ensure you join the Staff Network.  Here are a few of the more regular events:  

1st Thursday (Oxford University LGBT+ Staff Network & Oxford Area Academic LGBT Staff Network)

If you fancy a drink after work then join us for 1st Thursday at the Cape of Good Hope, the first Thursday of every month from 6 pm. This is an opportunity to meet new people or catch up with friends in a relaxed friendly atmosphere.  1st Thursday is very informal, you don’t need to confirm whether you’ll be coming or not as we won’t be booking a table. We will have a rainbow flag on the table to help people find us. 

Cheap Eats (Oxford University LGBT+ Staff Network & Oxford Area Academic LGBT Staff Network)

The third Sunday evening of each month.  The organisation rotates among members and the event is normally well-attended in various economical restaurants in Oxford.  Information and how to book is circulated on the mailing list a week or two in advance.

LGBT+ Knitters

Monday's fortnightly, date time and venue circulated on the mailing list a week or two in advance. 

The University does not tolerate any form of harassment or victimisation and expects all members of the University community, its visitors and contractors to treat each other with respect, courtesy and consideration. 

To read the Policy, visit the Harassment Policy webpage

Should you need to speak to someone the University supports a network of Harassment Advisors. To find out who the Harassment Advisor is for your department/faculty/unit/college please: 

If you would prefer to speak to a Harassment Advisor who is LGBT, we have seven who can be contacted direct. For more information visit the Harassment Advisor Network webpage

Occupational Health provide support to all University employees on work-attributable problems and issues. 

Interdisciplinary Queer Studies Network

Oxford’s first interdisciplinary Queer Studies Network aims to bring together the many scholars at the University of Oxford whose work engages with queer studies, in order to open up new avenues for engagement with queer theory, marginalised voices and LGBTQIA+ experiences, art and activism.


Oxford Area Academic LGBT Staff Network

This informal network is for all lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) staff at Oxford Brookes University, University of Oxford (and its colleges), and Oxford University Press. For more information visit:


The University of Oxford Newcomers' Club

The Newcomers' Club is an organization, run by volunteers, whose aim is to help the newly-arrived wives, husbands or partners of visiting scholars, of graduate students and of newly appointed academic members of the University to settle in and to give them the opportunity to meet people in Oxford. For more information visit:

All the University policies, in particular the family leave polices are LGBT+ inclusive and apply to same-sex, same-gender and non-heterosexual couples, please see the below links for more information:    

  • Leave including information on holiday, career breaks, carers leave, parental bereavement leave and leave for other reasons. 
  • Family leave including information on maternity, paternity, adoption, share parental leave, fertility treatment leave and unpaid parental leave. 

The University offers a comprehensive range of childcare services.  For full information on this, together with details of the various schemes offered visit the Childcare Services website.

The Work + Family Space is a University benefit for all employees that offers access to emergency back-up childcare and adultcare, a 'speak to an expert' phone line, and a wide range of guides and webinars.