The Department of Zoology welcomes staff and students from all over the world. We are committed to fostering an inclusive culture which promotes equality, values diversity and maintain a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected. The Department expects all members of its community to treat each other with respect, courtesy and consideration at all times. The University of Oxford Equality & Diversity Unit outlines this commitment and what action can be taken if its principles are not observed.
Since 2010, the Department of Zoology has held an Athena Swan Award that recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research. We are working hard to support and recognise the achievements of both female and male staff, through adopting best practice in the workplace and our Athena Swan status aims to assist the recruitment, retention and progression of women in SET.
For further information contact our Athena Swan Champions, Dr Theresa Burt de Perera and Professor Oliver Pybus. In addition, to our Athena Swan activities, several staff participate in the activities of groups such as WISE, FEST, UKRC GetSET Women, British Science Association and the Oxford Women’s Network.
In line with the University of Oxford Policy and Procedure on Harassment, the Department of Zoology does not tolerate any form of harassment or victimisation and expects all members of its community, its visitors and contractors to treat each other with respect, courtesy and consideration.
We are thoroughly 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 members of the University community are respected. Our departmental harassment officers are Professor Stuart West, Professor Tommaso Pizzari and Professor Sunetra Gupta.
During LGBTQ+ History Month in February 2020, the Biology LGBTQ+ Network was launched to provide a place for members of the LGBTQ+ community to socialise and support each other, as well as host events relating to LGBTQ+ topics throughout the year.
The Network meets every Tuesday at 13:00 in the University Club Communal Area (Level 1).