The History Faculty is committed to 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 an LGBTQ+ Working Group every term to raise and consider any issues relating to 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 committing to an ongoing process of embedding change through wide consultation, and discussion
- By promoting an inclusive, supportive working environment for staff and students, free from discrimination and harassment on account of sexual orientation. This includes ensuring greater clarity on harassment and complaint procedures; enhancing our appeal to LGBTQ+ applicants; ensuring that LGBTQ+ issues are considered in all appointments; and supporting students and staff, whatever their legal sex or sexual orientation, in realising their potential and achieving full recognition for their work.
- By ensuring inclusivity of research seminars, and providing unconscious bias and responsible bystander training
- By developing the undergraduate and graduate history syllabus to promote greater inclusivity in terms of content, approach and teaching materials, including the launch of a Masters course in Women’s, Gender and Queer History