Stonewall Champion

The University is a proud member of Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme which is Britain's good practice employers' forum on sexual orientation.

Stonewall is a recognised brand and we encourage all departments to use the logo in all recruitment and communications. For more information contact: caroline.kennedy@admin.ox.ac.uk.

The University makes a yearly submission to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index a benchmarking tool to assess an organisation’s work on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality against Stonewall’s best practice and others in the sector. The University ranked 244 out of 415 institutions in 2016 and an objective was agreed to increase its score by 20%.  We were able to achieve this increase and go beyond, now ranking 187 out of 439 employers in 2017.

However we acknowledge more progress is needed and the following activities this academic year will hopefully go some way to achieving this:   

  • The VC Diversity Fund supported nineteen LGBT members of staff to take part in the Stonewall Role Models programme.
  • The MPLS Division supported 25 members of the University to take part in the Stonewall Allies programme.
  • LGBT allies in departments and colleges will continue to show their support by flying the rainbow flags on buildings, in foyers, on websites and on their noticeboards throughout LGBT History Month. 
  • ‘Out in Oxford’ is a Gardens, Libraries and Museums project inspired by last year’s LGBT History Month lecture by Professor Richard Parkinson on his LGBT trail at the British Museum.  ‘Out in Oxford’ explores items from across the University’s collections. Through public events, a new website and a specially commissioned printed trail, ‘Out in Oxford’ provides platforms for people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer and their allies to speak out about the fascinating, important and often overlooked queer histories that exist within the University’s collections.
  • The Diversifying Portraiture project (also funded by the VC Diversity Fund) will have an exhibition of 25 new portraits of living Oxonians. Many of these exceptional individuals are LGBT.