About the Equality and Diversity Unit
Take a look at the EDU team, what their roles are and how they can support or advise you.
EDI work in divisions
Each Division has an academic lead for equality, diversity and inclusion as well as an EDI co-ordinator - see who's who below:
EDI Networks across the University
There are a number of networks across the University supported by the EDU, including the BME Staff Network, Disabled Staff Network, and LGBT+ Staff Network. There are many other networks for staff and students around the University. View this page for more information and details of how to join.
EDI Teams groups
There are two MS Teams groups for EDI staff in the University:
The EDI Hub team is for anyone involved in or interested in EDI, whether it’s your main job or something you fit in around your day job. Members of the team include EDI officers, HR staff, EDI academic leads and members of EDI committees, amongst others. The Team gives you an opportunity to share news, events and good practice, whether that’s happening in the central University, departments or colleges. It is also a good place to ask questions.
The EDI Facilitators at University of Oxford team is specifically for professional and support staff whose main job has an EDI focus. Most of our members are EDI officers or Athena Swan leads in departments or divisions, and some work in related areas such as training and staff development. The membership of the group is deliberately kept smaller than the EDI Hub team, so that staff who spend most of their working hours on EDI can make meaningful connections with colleagues in similar roles.
Contact a harassment advisor
Any student or staff member who has experienced bullying and harassment (or has been accused of harassment) can make use of the University’s confidential harassment advisor network. Harassment advisors are all trained volunteers who provide a supportive, non-judgemental listening ear and offer advice on the options open to you.
There are more than 450 harassment advisors across departments, faculties and colleges. Details of your local advisors are posted on notice boards and intranets, but if you are not sure who your advisors are, or would like to speak to an advisor unconnected with your department or college, please email the confidential Harassment Line: email@example.com.
Read profiles of staff and students doing inspiring work to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.
Hannah Ravenswood, ED&I Facilitator in the MPLS Divisional Office
Helen Worrell, EDI Co-ordinator for Academic Library Services in the Bodleian Libraries
Daisy Hung, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager in MPLS and Programme Manager for the Race Equality Task Force
Dr Laura Seymour, College Lecturer at St Anne’s and co-leader of the Neurodiversity at Oxford project
Keisha Asare, VP Welfare and Equal Opportunities, Oxford SU (2021/22)
Rebecca Colquhoun, DPhil student, Department of Earth Sciences
EDI networks outside of the University
Advance HE Connect: Advance HE is a member-led, sector-owned charity that works with institutions and higher education across the world to improve higher education for staff, students and society. It administers the Athena Swan charter for gender equality and the Race Equality Charter, and provides information, advice and events about many aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion. Advance HE Connect provides an opportunity for staff in member institutions to share, collaborate and connect with others.
d & i Leaders: independent news, content, events, training and jobs board for diversity, equity, inclusion and HR related professionals. The community is free to join and has over 10,000 members across the UK and beyond.