Equality, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Equality, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion - Group of students walking through college grounds

Simply put, we want to recruit the most talented and qualified students and staff. We value diversity and want every one of our students and staff to feel comfortable and that they belong.

The richness of perspectives and experiences of all our members strengthens our research and enhances our teaching. The Doctoral Training Centre places Equality, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EEDI) at the heart of all our activities. Our policies and practices are fully embedded at all levels, from leadership and staffing to student recruitment, retention, attainment, progression and wellbeing. We include training on Implicit Bias in our Induction Week. We already benefit from the extensive equality and diversity framework and strategy in place at the University of Oxford, being underpinned by the University’s Equality Policy. The Equality Policy provides for an open and inclusive environment, that:

'promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected.’

We proposed what was to become the UNIQ+ Graduate Access Summer Internship programme in 2019. UNIQ+ gives talented current undergraduates who are curious about research, but who come from backgrounds underrepresented at Oxford, a chance to experience a Summer research internship at the University of Oxford. UNIQ+ was supported by the SABS R3 Programme, the BBSRC Interdisciplinary Science Doctoral Training Partnership and the Nuffield Department of Medicine, and proved to be a great success, accepting 33 graduates, some of whom have subsequently been accepted onto doctoral programmes at Oxford. UNIQ+ has continued to grow in 2020, although the COVID-19 pandemic meant it has become UNIQ+ Digital, an online programme in 2020. If you're curious about research and what it would be like at Oxford, have a look at UNIQ+. 

DTC EEDI Committee

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Amber Truepenny profile picture in woodlands - Disability and Accessibility Champion

I’m Amber (She/they) and I’m studying for a DPhil in ‘Chemistry in Cells’ at the Old Road Campus. I sit on the DTC EEDI committee as Student Co-Chair and Disability and Accessibility Champion. 

I am keen to build a community in the DTC through the bi-weekly welfare teas and a disability and neurodiversity online network!

I’m available to chat with anyone in the DTC around issues you might have related to equality and accessibility in any form, both on the DPhil and more generally, and in particular any questions or concerns about accessing support through the Disability Advisory Service, the Counselling Service, Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service and other support services at Oxford. 

I’m keen to make sure every DTC student feels safe, supported, and as happy as possible during their time here, so do feel free to email me at amber.truepenny@hertford.ox.ac.uk.

charlotte hancox profile picture - Mature Students and Students with Caring Responsibilities Champion

I am a student representative to promote all aspects of equality and inclusion across the Doctoral Training Programme. I am the named representative for mature students and those with caring responsibilities. My role includes raising awareness and collaborating on DTC EDI events. You can reach me at: charlotte.hancox at dtc.ox.ac.uk 


Sarah Le Besque

Hello! My name is Sarah (pronouns She/They) and I am part of the NERC Environmental Research DTP. I will be working with the DTC EEDI committee as the LGBTQI+ representative, helping to make the space an inclusive one for those in the community and ensuring their voices are heard. I look forward to getting stuck in and please do not hesitate to contact me, always free for a chat! My email is sarah.lebesque@sjc.ox.ac.uk

Josh Jones

I’m Josh (he/him) and I’m on the NERC Environmental Research DTP. This year, I’ll be the Socio-Economic and Class representative for the DTC EEDI committee. This role involves improving representation and support for students from under-represented socioeconomic backgrounds (i.e., students who are working class, from a working-class area, or are the first generation in their family to go to university). I think there is huge room for improving how we approach class in science and academia, so please get in touch if you have any ideas, concerns, or just want to talk about class issues more generally! You can reach me at joshua.jones2@bnc.ox.ac.uk.

Tejeswini Dandu

Hi! This is Tejeswini Dandu, and I am a first-year BBSRC student based in Doctoral Training Centre. I will work with the EEDI committee as a Belief and Religion champion and participate in and plan EEDI events. You can mail me at tejeswini.dandu@linacre.ox.ac.uk for support, concerns, and thoughts.

Taylah Andrews-Clark

Hello! My name is Taylah Andrews-Clark and I am a first-year student in the BBSRC interdisciplinary bioscience DTP. I will be working with the DTC EEDI committee as the race and ethnic minority representative. As a mixed-race woman in STEM I understand what it feels like to work in environments where you don’t feel represented. My previous experience with activism regarding gender, race, climate and equality means I have first-hand experience fighting for representation and equality. My goal is to make sure everyone feels, represented, included and like their voices are heard in the DTC. If you have any questions feel free to email me at taylah.andrews-clark@linacre.ox.ac.uk

Kallinikos Chalvatzis

Hello! I'm Kallinikos (he/him) and I am currently pursuing doctoral studies as part of the BBSRC Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP. I am a first-year student, and I am joining the EEDI Committee as an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion. Though significant steps have been taken in academia in the past few years to promote equality, diversity and inclusion, I think there is still room for growth. Through this role, I hope to help establish an ever more inclusive environment where students can flourish. Do not hesitate to contact me if there are any questions or concerns. My email is kallinikos.chalvatzis@linacre.ox.ac.uk

Aleksandra Kalisz

Hi! My name is Ola (pronouns She/Her) and I am part of the SABS:R^3 CDT programme. I will be working with the DTC EEDI Committee as a Gender Champion. I hope that together we can help to make our DTC more inclusive, accepting and welcoming to everyone. Please feel free to reach out to me, I am always happy to chat or grab a coffee or both! You can contact me at: aleksandra.kalisz@dtc.ox.ax.uk

morris at stats.ox.ac.uk

gail.preston at plants.ox.ac.uk


EPA Cephalosporin-Linacre Scholarships

EPA-Cephalosporin-Linacre Scholarships are funded by the EPA Cephalosporin Fund in association with Linacre College and will provide full scholarships for students in the Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and the EPSRC Sustainable Approaches to Biomedical Science: Responsible and Reproducible Research Centre for Doctoral Training (SABS R³). Scholarships will be awarded to students from socio-economic backgrounds that are under-represented in doctoral research. 

Eligibility will be assessed on the same basis as eligibility to participate in the University of Oxford’s UNIQ+ Graduate Access internship programme. Therefore, to be eligible for these studentships students should have been previously admitted to, or determined to be eligible for admission to UNIQ+, or meet the criteria for admission for UNIQ+ based on socioeconomic information provided during the online application process.

Students who wish to be considered for these scholarships are requested to indicate their agreement for socioeconomic data to be used in assessing their application when submitting the standard CV used by the DTP and SABS R³ programmes. 


Disability, Neurodiversity and Wellbeing

The DTC works closely with the University Disability Service, the Student Welfare Services Team and Occupational Health Service to provide support for staff and students with physical and/or mental disabilities or who are neurodiverse.

The DTC Head of Administration and Finance acts as Welfare Advisor and Disability Contact and attends regular seminars and training in all areas. All First Year students with a registered disability will be invited to have an informal 1-to-1 meeting with the Head of Administration and Finance when they arrive to discuss their requirements and enable effective support from the outset.

For more information, contact:


Diversity Training Materials

There are a variety of training courses and materials available both within and beyond Oxford. It’s well worth checking out the Implicit Association Tests from Harvard, to help make ourselves aware of our own implicit biases.

Within Oxford

  • Training, including:
    • Equality and Diversity Briefing;
    • Implicit Bias;
    • Race Awareness;
    • LGBT+ Role Models, Mentoring & Allies;
    • Pivot: Mentoring Scheme For BME Staff;
    • Harassment & Bullying Training; and
    • Recruitment and Selection.

There is also general Information and newsletters from the University of Oxford Equality & Diversity Unit.

Outside Oxford


The Athena SWAN Charter recognizes good practice in promoting gender equality in higher education. The University of Oxford was a founder member of the Athena Charter and has held an institutional award since 2006.

Going through the Athena SWAN application process gives universities and departments the space to reflect on, and celebrate, current organizational and cultural practices that promote gender equality. Athena SWAN also offers a valuable framework for introducing cultural changes that create a better working environment for both men and women.

There are a variety of resources available both within and beyond Oxford:

Within Oxford

Oxford Senior Women’s Mentoring Network (OxSWMN).

Outside Oxford

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Part of fostering a nurturing environment is provision for health concerns, including physical and mental: either can affect anyone at any time.

A signposting session within the DTC’s Induction Programmes for new students is delivered by Student Welfare and Support Services, covering areas within the remit of the Counselling Service, the Disability Advisory Service, the Student Resolution Service and the Colleges with a further refresher drop-in session offered to students entering the substantive research phase of the programme in Year 2. 

In 2018 the University signed up to the  Mindful Employer's Charter for Employers Who Are Positive About Mental Health and is now revising and implementing an Oxford-specific action plan for developing a culture that is more supportive of staff mental health, alongside support for student mental health.  

The University also provides a range of self-help, local and online resources and mental health resources.

For information about coronavirus (COVID-19) in the 2020-21 academic year, please refer to the student pages of the COVID-19 Response site.

Parents and Carers

Besides looking after ourselves, some of us have additional caring responsibilities. If any students or staff would like to discuss any issues regarding maternity, paternity, shared parental leave, other caring responsibilities, or HR matters, etc., please get in touch with Samantha Taylor in the first instance.

Within Oxford


The University of Oxford’s LGBTQ+ Society is the second largest society at the University, and the largest higher education LGBTQ+ Society in the country. It is a welfare society that aims to cater for all students’ needs. There is also a very active LGBT+ Staff Network.

For staff, the University has a range of networks and support which can be accessed here: 


The University of Oxford holds the Bronze Race Equality Charter Award.  The Race Equality Working Group provides a forum for discussion and consultation across the University.  A range of networks and resources can be accessed via the links below.  

Religion and Belief

The University’s Equality and Diversity Unit’s page on Religion and Belief lists various societies, and also information about University prayer spaces.

Students and members of staff will find that there is a wide variety of places of worship within the University and in and around the City Centre. For details see the faith societies and belief group webpage. 

The EDU’s equality calendar includes details of religious festivals for which staff might reasonably request leave.

Sexual Harassment and Violence

The University provides professional support for students who have experienced sexual harassment and violence. For more information, contact:

Student Welfare and Support Services
3 Worcester Street
Oxford, OX1 2BX
☏ 01865 270300
✉︎ swss@admin.ox.ac.uk

 More information can be found here:


Like the rest of the University, the DTC does not tolerate bullying, harassment or victimization of any kind. There is a Harassment Advisor network, and you can read about the University’s Harrassment Procedure if the person who is the subject of the complaint is a member of University staff, or a student.

If you’d like to discuss harassment of any kind, please get in touch with Samantha Taylor <samantha.taylor at dtc.ox.ac.uk>, DTC Head of Administration and Finance.

There is also a Harassment Advisory Service if you’d like to speak with someone outside the DTC, email harassment.line@admin.ox.ac.uk.