Information for Staff

Oxford University LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Trans +) Staff Network

LGBT+ Staff Network logo The LGBT+  Staff Network is for all LGBT+ Oxford University staff, academic and non-academic (including OUP and the colleges). Post-graduate students are also welcome to join.

The group has an email list that acts as a confidential discussion forum, and also holds various meetings throughout the year, both social and work-related. Membership of the list will be kept confidential.

LGBT+ Staff Network Terms of Reference (91kb)

To sign up: send a blank email

Support and advice

The University has a Harassment Policy and Procedures and supports a network of Harassment Advisers. To find out who the Harassment Advisor is for your department/faculty/unit/college please telephone (2)70760 or send an email to

If you would prefer to speak to a Harassment Advisor who is LGB, we have six who can be contacted direct:

Occupational Health Services provide support to all University employees on work-attributable problems and issues. For more information on how to access this support, and the range of services available, please visit their Fit for Work & Referral to OHS page.

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Oxford University LGBT+ Staff Network 1st Thursday

If you fancy a drink after work then join us for 1st Thursday at the University Club, 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. The club provides food if you’re feeling a little hungry, or you can just stop by for a drink. 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.

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:

Staff benefits

Members of staff who have same-sex partners are entitled to a range of benefits including those listed below:

  • 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.

Supporting LGBT+ Staff

If you would like to support or get involved in the LGBT+ events organised by the Staff Advisory Group please contact:

To find out more on how you can support your LGBT+ colleagues and play a critical role in creating a gay-friendly workplace, see Stonewall's guide: Straight Allies, How they help create gay-friendly workplaces (327kb)

Guidance for departments on best practice in employing staff who are LGB and / or transgender is available to download from the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU):