The Department of Chemistry, together with the University of Oxford, is committed to fostering an inclusive culture which 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 seek to embed equality and diversity in all our Departmental activities, as an underpinning consideration in all that we do. Our Equality and Diversity Committee champions the values of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), assesses our progress in achieving this, and sponsors and oversees related initiatives and projects. It includes staff and student representatives from across the Department who are committed to promoting change in support of EDI. The Committee is chaired by our Associate Head of Department for People, currently Professor Steve Faulkner. The Associate Head is a new role created in 2021 to reflect the Department’s commitment to the EDI agenda and to strengthen leadership in this key area.
Our EDI work is also supported by an EDI Fellow, Ndidi Iwumene. Ndidi is a PhD student in the Department and one of the 2020 cohort of MPLS Division’s EDI Fellows.
I believe that departments thrive when people make different contributions without pressure to conform - and that we need diversity of background, understanding and experience to give the kind of breakthroughs that come of seeing things from a different perspective.
Steve Faulkner, Associate Head of Department for People
As an ED&I fellow I hope to bring more awareness to issues faced by students from underrepresented demographics. I believe this is crucial for fostering an inclusive environment where students from all backgrounds can thrive.
Ndidi Iwumene, MPLS EDI Fellow
The championing of equality and diversity in the Department benefits from the extensive framework and strategy already in place at the University of Oxford, underpinned by the University’s Equality Policy and supported by the Equality and Diversity Unit. Initiatives designed to encourage equality and diversity at Oxford include a number of networks to support specific groups with shared characteristics, for example, gender, religion and belief, disability, race and LGBT+. The University holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award at institutional level, and the Department is proud to hold a Department Silver Athena SWAN Award in recognition of its commitment to gender equality.