Equality and Diversity

Equality and Diversity Committee and Working Groups

The History Faculty has an Equality and Diversity Committee plus three Working Groups:

  • Disability Working Group
  • Gender Equality Working Group
  • Race Equality Working Group

The three Working Groups meet once a term. If you would like to bring a matter to the attention of any of these Groups.


Staff and students can also contact the Oxford University Equality and Diversity Unit (or EDU) for advice and guidance.

Information for staff and students with a disability

Staff and students in need of advice or guidance are very welcome to contact:

Students can also seek advice from the University Disability Advisory Service.

Disability contacts for colleges are listed here.

You can also find our more on the Humanities Divisional Equality and Diversity page.

Access to the History Faculty

The History Faculty's George Street building is included in the University Access Guide. This map also includes details on Examination Schools and many colleges, where most of our teaching takes place.

Staff or students with concerns about accessing venues should contact the relevent Disability Lead or Co-ordinator as soon as possible.

The History Faculty Library is located in the Radcliffe Camera: this is also featured in the Access Guide.

LGBT History Month 2016

The History Faculty displayed the rainbow flag in February 2019 as part of LGBT History Month.


Athena SWAN

athena swan

The Faculty of History is delighted to have been awarded an Athena SWAN bronze award holder for the first time.

Zoe Townsend, Head of Administration and Finance for the History Faculty stated: “I am thrilled that the Faculty has received our Athena SWAN Bronze Award and would like to thank everyone involved for their dedication in making it happen. We have impetus and a clear action plan to continue developing the Faculty as a supportive environment for all.”

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Professor John Watts, Chair of the History Faculty Board said: “I am delighted that the Faculty has achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze Award, the first for a humanities faculty at Oxford. We have worked hard at this – especially the Self-Assessment Team – and I think it has been really positive for us. Now we shall get to grips with implementing the plans we have made and trying to realise our ambition to be fully equal and inclusive”. The Regius Professor of History, Lyndal Roper said “I am over the moon and proud.”

For more information on the Athena SWAN award see their website.

If you would like to request a copy of our application, please contact Cheryl Birdseye.