LGBTQ+ Networks and Groups
There are a number of networks within the University and MPLS (and externally) which provide support for LGBT+ staff and students, as well as for allies. Click on the links below to find out more and join.
Seen in STEMM is a University of Oxford network for staff and students that aims to promote visibility of LGBTI+ people in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medical Sciences (STEMM) community who are typically under represented. The network will bring together a diverse set of role models who can support peers, share best practice and be a force for positive intersectional change.
This project (external to the University) showcases LGBTQ+ people in the STEM fields, showing the diversity of people that can be found in roles all across the STEM disciplines and hopefully providing some role models for people who are either at a junior stage in their careers, or who are only currently considering the possibility of going into a STEM field.
The LGBT+ Staff Network welcomes all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans + Oxford University staff, including OUP and the colleges, as well as post-graduate students. The + represents minority gender identities and sexual orientations not included explicitly in the acronym LGBT. The network is inclusive of people with multiple identities, and work collaboratively with the Disabled Staff and BME Staff Networks.
The LGBT+ Role Models Network is comprised of individuals who have undertaken University-delivered training to explore what it means to be an LGBT+ role model, to identify potential barriers and ways to overcome them.
Members have attended an University-delivered LGBT+ Allies workshop, which gives non-LGBT+ staff an opportunity to explore what it means to be an ally, time to ask questions and practical advice on how they can be an effective ally.
This Group works with the Equality and Diversity Unit to highlight issues relating to LGBT+ staff and students in order to inform the development of University policy and practice and to facilitate consultation and the sharing of information with LGBT+ staff and students.
The Oxford SU LGBTQ+ Campaign is a group of students working to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people in the University of Oxford, and in the wider Oxford community. Students can find out more and join.
There are also a number of different professional support networks available, including Harassment Advisors, Mental Health First Aid support, and the counselling service and Rainbow Peers for students.
MPLS and the University does not tolerate any form of harassment or victimisation. If you need support, get in touch with the Harassment Advisor Network by emailing email@example.com, or contact Daisy Hung or Justin Hutchence (MPLS Harassment Advisors).
More information about the Harassment Policy can be found here.
Mental Health First Aid support
Counselling (for students)
More information can be found on the central counselling service webpage.
The Peer Support Programme was developed in the early 1990s in recognition of the essential role students play in supporting and encouraging one another on a day-to-day basis throughout their time at university. Rainbow Peers are trained Peer Supporters who identify as LGBTQ+.