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 (updated 2014)


Equal Opportunity Monitoring and 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 2015-16


Equality Reports from previous years

Somerville College Equality Report for the Academic Year 2014-15

Somerville College Equality Action Plan for the Academic Year 2013-14

Somerville College Equality Report for the Academic Year 2012-13

Somerville College Single Equality Action Plan 2013

Somerville College Review of the Single Equality Action Plan 2012

Somerville College Single Equality Action Plan 2012

Somerville College Single Equality Scheme 2012 Addendum

Somerville College Single Equality Scheme 2012-15


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