The History Faculty is committed to gender and LGBTQ+ equality. It is determined to foster an academic environment in which everyone is included, respected and empowered to fulfil their potential.
The Faculty pursues these objectives in a number of ways:
- By holding a Gender Working Group every term to raise and consider any issues relating to sex equality, gender equality and LGBTQ+ equality pertinent to History at Oxford, whether these affect students, academic staff or professional staff; to assess these as they arise, and feed back to the Equality and Diversity Committee
- By continuing to commit to an ongoing process of embedding change through wide consultation, discussion, systematic monitoring, and in 2020-21 a review of progress in the form of a detailed gender and equality questionnaire as part of the Athena SWAN Bronze Award
- By promoting an inclusive, supportive working environment for staff and students, free from discrimination and harassment on account of sex, gender or sexual orientation. This includes ensuring greater clarity on harassment and complaint procedures; enhancing our appeal to female and transgender applicants; ensuring that gender and LGBTQ+ issues are considered in all appointments; and supporting students and staff, whatever their legal sex, in realising their potential and achieving full recognition for their work.
- By realising and developing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer plus (LGBTQ+) staff and students
- By ensuring inclusivity of research seminars, and providing unconscious bias and responsible bystander training
- By reforming the undergraduate and graduate history syllabus to promote greater gender inclusivity in terms of content, approach and teaching materials, including the launch of a Masters course in Women’s, Gender and Queer History