Equality & Diversity

“For any organisation to flourish in 21st century Britain it must reflect the society in which we live, and that is our aim for our College community which embraces students, staff and Fellows, from all backgrounds, cultures and countries.  Our values of dignity, fairness, equality and respect underpin everything that we do.”    Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, Principal

Somerville College’s mission is to promote scholarship through teaching and research.

We offer places to undergraduates in line with the University of Oxford’s agreed code of practice and to graduates admitted to the University of Oxford.

The College undertakes to remove any barriers, real or perceived, which might deter people of the highest ability from applying to the College, either as staff or students. The College aims to assist its students and staff in reaching their full potential, and to provide an inclusive environment which values diversity and maintains a working, social and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff, students and alumni are respected.

Please find the College’s Equality Policy here:  Somerville College Equality & Diversity Policy


Gender Pay Gap

Like other colleges, we combine a varied workforce with differing skills and rates of pay.

Some of our academics are permanent employees while others are members of the University who are employed to provide teaching as required. Among our non-academic workforce, we have permanent staff and others employed on a casual basis. Our data shows that men and women in the same employment performing equal work receive the same rate of pay at Somerville.

In line with the action plan published in our Equality Report we will remain committed to reviewing our working practices to ensure that we work towards an evenly balanced workforce.


The Gender Pay Gap Report for 2020 can be found here: Somerville College Gender Pay Gap Report 2020

Links to previous years’ reports:

Somerville College Gender Pay Gap Report 2019

Somerville College Gender Pay Gap Report 2018

Somerville College Gender Pay Gap Report 2017


Equality Report

Somerville College carries out equal opportunity monitoring for students and staff who form part of our community, and within its recruitment and appointment processes.  Equal opportunity data obtained helps to inform our annual action plan which is published each year in our Equality Report:  the latest report be found here: Somerville College Equality Report for the Academic Year 2019-2020

Equality Reports from the last three years are available here:

Somerville College Equality Report for the Academic Year 2018-19

Somerville College Equality Report for the Academic Year 2017-18

Somerville College Equality Report for the Academic Year 2016-17 



Equality reports from previous years are available upon request from human resources



Somerville College response to the report of the Joint Expert Panel and the Universities UK consultation.

General view

The College welcomes the report of the Joint Expert Panel (JEP) and is grateful for the panel’s careful and detailed consideration of the 2017 valuation.

The College supports the recommendations of the JEP in respect of the 2017 valuation.

The College supports a second phase of work in advance of the 2020 valuation, to consider ways of reaching a conclusion that could provide long-term stability to the valuation process and have the support and confidence of all parties, and to review the involvement of UUK and UCU in future valuations so that a more collaborative approach can be adopted,

Universities UK consultation

  1. Would your institution support the JEP recommendations regarding the 2017 valuation in overall terms, subject to the acceptance of such a position from the USS trustee (and TPR as appropriate)?


  1. What further information would you need to provide a final view for question 1?


  1. Employers currently pay 18% towards the USS scheme and the mandate agreed immediately following the ACAS discussions was 19.3%. If the recommendations of the JEE were accepted in full by all parties the outcome would be that the existing benefits – minus the employer match 1% – could be provided at an indicative employer contribution of 20.1% of salary (with a member contribution of 9.1%).
    1. Would you accept employer contributions at that level?


  1. If not, what balance of additional risk, higher contributions and/or benefit change would you prefer to see as an outcome?

Not applicable


UUK would like responses which can be confirmed as being the formal view of the employer. Each response should indicate how the view put forward was reached.

Discussed and agreed at Governing Body on 10 October 2018

Other College policies

Policies that are related to the holding of data and confidential information can be found below:

For further information about information on this page please contact human resources