Welfare and Harassment Advice

Student Welfare

Oxford has a wide range of agencies and people whose job is to help students with personal problems, from student peer-supporters to medical professionals. Often your college will provide the first port of call, and colleges will have explained to you the possible sources of help; your college handbook and website will identify ways of contacting people. You will also have been registered with a medical practice at induction, which you can use in the normal way.

Disability Support

Disability Working Group (DWG) 

This group meets once a term to discuss disability issues raised by students, staff and academics and members from all these groups are represented.  This is also a forum for the discussion of Disability History and the organising body behind the annual Disability Workshop held in November for the last three years.   

Harassment and Bullying

The University does not tolerate any form of harassment or victimisation and expects all members of the University community, its visitors and contractors to treat each other with respect, courtesy and consideration.

Complaints Procedures Working Group

At its Trinity Term 2021 meeting, the History Faculty Equality and Diversity Committee agreed to establish a working group to review complaints procedures in the Faculty. It responds in part to data deriving from surveys carried out in 2018 for Athena-SWAN and from the 2021 Race Equality Action Group survey highlighting concerns around the complaints process. The Working Group met over the summer and was expanded in Michaelmas Term 2021.  The group will review the Faculty’s processes, as they are set-out under University policy, as well as researching examples of best practice at other institutions. It will make recommendations to the Faculty in Hilary Term. The current members of the working group are:

  • Dr Christina de Bellaigue, Vice-Chair of the History Faculty and convenor of the working group
  • Dr Cheryl Birdseye, Faculty Administrative Staff Representative & providing administrative support
  • Dr Stephanie Cavanaugh, ECR Representative
  • Oxford History Graduate Network Representative
  • 2 Undergraduate Representatives
  • 2 Postgraduate Representatives
  • Dr Conrad Leyser, Harassment Officer and Athena-SWAN Coordinator
  • Dr Sloan Mahone, Harassment Officer
  • Isabelle Pitt, Humanities Division Equality and Diversity Officer
  • Dr Hannah Skoda, Athena-SWAN Coordinator

See here for the measures the group has implemented thus far and for information about the process of reform.

We welcome suggestions and input from all members of the History Faculty – undergraduates, graduates, ECRs, professional and support staff, lecturers and postholders. Please do not hesitate to email complaintsgroup@history.ox.ac.uk if you wish to comment or have questions.

History Faculty Harassment Advisors

You are welcome to contact the History Faculty Harassment Advisors for a confidential discussion about any concerns.


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Sloan Mahone (She/Her)

Contact: sloan.mahone@history.ox.ac.uk 

I am a historian of psychiatry and neurology working primarily in African countries. My new research projects are concerned with the lived experience of epilepsy particularly in resource poor countries. I have been a Harassment Officer for the History Faculty for several years, and am happy to speak with any staff or students who have concerns about a range of equality and diversity issues, including those related to LGBTQ, disability or neurodiversity. I am also happy to answer questions about Faculty and University procedures for pursuing informal or formal complaints of harassment or to offer support for anyone who would like to have a confidential discussion.

Particular areas:

  • Disability
  • Neurodiversity

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Maria Misra (She/Her)

Contact: anna-maria.misra@keble.ox.ac.uk 

I work on the cultural and intellectual history of the global south, I have written on issues of race, colonialism and nationalism in India, and I am currently working on the global history of gender, which deals with the historical impact of colonialism, postcolonialism and changes in ideas about citizenship and development and their impact on gender, sexuality and discrimination. I am not a trained counsellor, but I have taught at Oxford for many years and I’m happy to talk confidentially to any colleagues, staff, graduates and undergraduates about any form of harassment they have experienced and discuss possible options from pursuing formal complaints to informal resolutions.

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Conrad Leyser (He/him)

Contact: conrad.leyser@worc.ox.ac.uk

I work on the religious and social history of Europe and the Mediterranean in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. My current project focuses on the development of the Latin Church as an institution, looking in particular at the creation of a male, celibate priesthood. In my role as a Harassment Officer for the History Faculty, I would be glad to talk to staff or students about equality and diversity, especially issues related to gender and sexuality. I offer advice and support on how to lodge informal or formal complaints of harassment.