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Equality and Diversity

Equality and diversity are at the heart of Jesus College's ethos and academic mission.

We welcome diversity among our applicants, students, staff, and visitors, recognising the contributions to the achievement of the College’s objectives which can be made by individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

We aim to provide an inclusive environment which promotes equality, values diversity and in which the rights and dignity of all our students and staff are respected. The College works to remove any barriers which might deter anyone of the highest potential and ability from applying to the College, either as a student or staff member.



Governance and policy

Jesus College has an Equality and Diversity (E&D) Committee which develops and delivers our E&D Strategy. This committee is chaired by our E&D Fellow, Professor Patricia Daley, and comprises of Fellows, staff and student representatives. The Committee reports to the College’s Governing Body.

The College has an Equality and Diversity Policy, which you can read here.


Events - Leading the debate on equality and diversity in the 21st Century

Every October we celebrate Black History Month, with a full programme of activities that include interviews, articles and events. Click on the link to find out more.

In June 2020, we hosted an online discussion called Forum on Race and Education as part of a new series devised by members of our community called What Really Matters. Bringing together eminent speakers from a range of backgrounds, the discussion covered the role of education in bringing about societal change in the UK; anti-racism in the context of white privilege, and what needs to happen now to bring about racial equality? The black experience participants gave moving personal testimonies of their journeys, and the online audience were able to ask questions.

Additional information 

Read statement from Oxford College heads on racial intolerance here