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It's that time of year again where we ask for your nominations for people that have gone above and beyond in support of equality, diversity and inclusion. These awards were introduced to recognise the incredible work that goes on within the division, celebrating individuals and teams that have accomplished amazing things to make our workplaces a better place for us all. At the same time, the awards aim to foster and raise awareness of impactful and innovative activities in all areas of equality and diversity (including disability, LGBT+, race/ethnicity and gender).

We have five categories for nominations: Best Initiative, Best Team Effort, Outstanding ED&I Champion Award – Academic, Outstanding ED&I Champion Award – administrative/professional service staff, and Outstanding ED&I Champion Award – Researcher (including students). More details on each award can be found below. 

Selected recipients or the project they are working on will receive £1,000 and will be awarded and celebrated in the MPLS ED&I Town Hall event in June (date TBC). 

Nominations procedure

Nominations closed on Friday 11 June.  

Heads of Department and Heads of Finance and Administration will be invited to comment on and/or endorse all applications from their department. Applications will then be judged by a panel comprising Tracy Gale (Divisional Registrar and COO), Matt Jarvis (Associate Head of People), Daisy Hung (MPLS ED&I Manager) and Jo Knights (MPLS ED&I Co-ordinator).

Award Categories

  • Category 1: Best Initiative. For a successful activity or initiative aimed at increasing equality, diversity and inclusion in a department, group, or subject area.
  • Category 2: Best Team Effort. To recognise effective collaboration between team members howsoever comprised (teams may be within a department or across departments) working together on an equality, diversity and inclusion related activity or initiative.
  • Category 3: Outstanding ED&I Champion - Academic. An award made to an academic member of staff who has shown outstanding dedication, sustained commitment, and effective leadership in advancing equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Category 4: Outstanding ED&I Champion - Administrative/Professional Service. An award made to an administrative or professional services member of staff who has shown outstanding dedication, sustained commitment, and effective leadership in advancing equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Category 5: Outstanding ED&I Champion - Researcher. An award made to a researcher who has shown outstanding dedication, sustained commitment, and effective leadership in advancing equality, diversity and inclusion. To confirm, this category includes students. 

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Previous Winners 


Best Initiative: Shazeaa Ishmael and Women in Materials – for the development of the Career Pathways for Women in Science annual event in partnership with the Institute of Physics

Best Team Effort: RisingWISE team for the development of the RisingWISE programme across University of Oxford and University of Cambridge, which aims to build a network of enterprising early-career researchers and women in industry to support women to thrive in careers across the science and technology sector

Lifetime Achievement: Benjamin Fernando for the advancement of equality and diversity through his outstanding dedication, sustained commitment, and effective leadership

Student Choice Award: Professor Dominic Vella for creating and fostering a diverse and inclusive research group, participating in programmes to promote scientific engagement, and inspiring and supporting students



Best Initiative: Mathematical Institute - for the “It All Adds Up” conference

Best Initiative: Abbie Muchecheti - for developing annual Anti-Bullying Week activities in the Department of Chemistry

Best Team Effort: Department of Chemistry and University Student Data Management and Analysis team –for the development of the Gender Gap Working Party to research, analyse and understand the gender gap in student examination performance   

Lifetime Achievement: Catherine Goodwin for the advancement of equality and diversity in the Mathematical Institute



Best Initiative: Professor Daniela Bortoletto - for developing the annual Conference of Undergraduate Women in Physics

Best Initiative: Dr Clara Barker - for developing a wide range of activities to support trans staff and students, and raise awareness within the Department of Materials, the University, and Oxfordshire communities

Best Team Effort: Oxford Women in the Computer Science Society - for the development of successful academic, industrial and social events aimed at supporting and promoting women in Computer Science

Lifetime Achievement: Professor Frances Kirwan FRS DBE - for demonstrating outstanding dedication, sustained commitment, and effective leadership in support of women in mathematics