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university policies

The MPLS Division adheres to the University's equality and diversity policies

The University also has a web page that provides a hub of information for all parents and carers, with links to University policies, procedures and guidance, as well as details of the facilities and benefits offered to mothers, fathers and guardians of children. These pages are intended to signpost readers to university policies, as well as external sources of guidance.


  • The MPLS ED&I Network provides monthly updates to staff and students interested in equality, diversity and inclusion related activities within the Division and wider University. To subscribe to the Network's email list, please contact

Women's networks and resources

  • OxWEST (Oxford Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology) is a well-established society promoting and supporting women in science, engineering and technology. OxFEST aims to raise awareness of current issues facing female scientists, provide a support network and networking opportunities for female scientists, increase the visibility of female scientists within the University and associated Institutes, and provide information and resources, which may aid females in pursuing their careers.
  • The Oxford Women's Network has been replaced by the EDI Hub Bulletin, which features information, resources, case studies and events relating to any aspect of equality, diversity and inclusion at the University of Oxford. 
  • The Oxford Physics Gender Equity Network is run by a committee drawn from across the students, academics and staff in the Department of Physics. They organise events and campaigns to promote gender equity in the department. 
  • Women in Engineering Oxford is a women’s networking group in the Department of Engineering, which organises talks, social events and other networking activities (for all members of the department).
  • The Oxford Women in Computer Science Society (OxWoCS) aims to support and promote women in computer science. The society exists for all women in computer science, be they students, faculty, or staff. OxWoCS runs a number of academic, social, and career events throughout the year, including weekly coffee meetings, talks by distinguished female speakers, and industry sponsored events. The society provides networking opportunities and a support network comprising role models, mentors, and peers.
  • Women in Materials Science (WiMS) aims to tackle problems facing all those who identify as women in the field in hopes of addressing the gender imbalance, as well as recognising some of the amazing work carried out by women in materials. This group is open to all genders, undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and staff. For updates about our events, see the WiMS facebook group.
  • The Mirzakhani Society is Oxford Mathematics' society for female undergraduates. With over 100 active members, it holds relaxed weekly ‘Sip and Solve’ meetings (aided by high-quality baking), and socials and talks. The society is open to both undergraduates and postgraduates, and is central in encouraging more women to take a fourth year (undergraduates currently can choose between the three and four year mathematics courses). Find out more about the society on their Facebook page.
  • WomCam (or Women's Campaign) is a discussion and action forum from the Oxford University Student Union which welcomes graduate and undergraduate students.


  • BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Staff Network is open to all Oxford University staff that identify as BME.  The Network has an email list that acts as a confidential discussion forum, and also holds various meetings throughout the year, both social and work-related. 
  • BIPOC STEM Network is an inclusive group of research staff, academic staff and postgraduates who work within the University’s STEM departments and identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC), or Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME). Fill in BIPOC's form to become a member, email them at or follow them on Twitter at @BIPOC_STEM_NET 
  • The original Race Equality Newsletter has now been replaced by the EDI Hub Bulletin, which features information, resources, case studies and events relating to any aspect of equality, diversity and inclusion at the University of Oxford. 
  • Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality (CRAE) is one of Oxford University Student Union's permanent campaigns to create a more just and inclusive student experience at the University through action and engagements with racial diversity and difference.
  • Oxford University LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Trans) Staff Network is for all LGBT Oxford University staff, academic and non-academic (including Oxford University Press and the colleges). Post-graduate students are also welcome to join. The group has an email list that acts as a confidential discussion forum, and also holds various meetings throughout the year, both social and work-related. 
  • LGBTQsoc aims to provide a safe space for all members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer community and is focused on providing welfare and social events for students. 
  • LGBTQ Campaign is the autonomous campaign within the Oxford University Student Union that works in the interests of Oxford’s LGBTQ students. They hold speaker events on a range of topics, organise focus groups, and run campaigns on matters of relevance to all LGBTQ individuals. They also hold Open Meetings every fortnight to informally discuss anything members want. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please email or get in touch with the LGBTQ Officer at
  • Oxford Students' Disability Community is a group of interested students who represent the needs and aspirations of students with disabilities within the University.  Their mission is to provide a student-run space for individuals with disabilities and their allies to work towards greater accessibility and access to all aspects of University life.
  • Harassment Advisory Service and Harassment Advisors’ Network provides detailed information on the University's harassment policies and procedures, sources of advice, and harassment training, and a network of approximately 300 harassment advisers within the University, with two (one of either sex) appointed within each department and faculty. 
  • Oxford University's Newcomers Club is an organization, run by volunteers, whose aim is to help the newly-arrived wives, husbands or partners of visiting scholars, of graduate students and of newly appointed academic members of the University to settle in and to give them the opportunity to meet people in Oxford.
  • International Students’ Campaign is a student-run organisation committed to representing and improving the welfare of the over 6,500 international students from 139 different countries at Oxford. 

Researcher-specific resources

  • Support for Researchers provides a huge range of support within The University of Oxford for research staff, from help finding funding, to careers advice, to guidance for new principal investigators.
  • Research Support (Research Services and Research Accounts) works in partnership with colleagues in the academic Divisions, departments, research facilitators, Isis Innovation and the University Administration and Services (UAS) to provide comprehensive support to researchers across the research life cycle.
  • Oxford Research Staff Society (OxRSS) is a collective voice for researchers employed by the University of Oxford. The group also organises social and professional networking activities across departments and divisions.


  • The Careers Service provides career advice and services (eg CV and cover letter review, job listings, careers fairs, training and so on) for students and researchers.
  • The University provides a range of voluntary courses for university and college staff. The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) supports all those who teach at the University of Oxford and promotes a range of teaching practices that are relevant to Oxford's unique learning environment. People and Organisational Development (POD) designs, delivers, advises on and commissions personal development workshops and programmes and coaching and mentoring schemes for all staff groups.
  • Health and welfare resources provides information and services for students regarding health, disability, counselling, student-led support, student parents, care leavers.
  • Staff Benefits shows a range of benefits available to staff.


  • Advance HE (previously Equality Challenge Unit): Aregistered charity working to further and support equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education institutions across the UK and in colleges in Scotland.
  • WISE Campaign: This organisation inspires girls and women to study and build careers in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing (STEM), and advises organisations on how to create environments where those women can do their best work and thrive.
  • Stemettes: Their mission is to ‘inspire the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) fields by showing them the amazing women already in STEM via a series of panel events, hackathons, exhibitions, and mentoring schemes.’