Somerville College’s mission is to advance learning through teaching and research. We are committed to removing any barriers, real or perceived, that might deter people of the highest ability from studying or working here.

Somerville 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. 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.

You can read the College’s Equality Policy via the following link.

Somerville College Equality & Diversity Policy

“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


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 most recent Equality Reports can be found below.

Somerville College EQuality Report for the Year 2019-2020

Somerville College Equality Report for the Year 2018-19

Somerville College Equality Report for the Year 2017-18

Equality reports from previous years are available on request from human resources.

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 remain committed to reviewing our working practices to ensure that we work towards an evenly balanced workforce.

Somerville College Gender Pay Gap Report 2020

Somerville College Gender Pay Gap Report 2019

Somerville College Gender Pay Gap Report 2017-18

Other College Policies

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


Data Protection Act