“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 and Diversity Policy

For further information about information on this page please contact Human Resources.

Gender Pay Gap Report

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 2019-20

Equality Reports from the last three years:

Somerville College Equality Report 2018-19

Somerville College Equality Report 2017-18

Somerville College Equality Report 2016-17

Equality reports from years previous to this are available upon request from Human Resources.

Other College policies

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