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Gender and sexual orientation

Linacre has an Equal Opportunities Policy and a Gender Equality Scheme, which can be found here. 

The Dean for Equality and Diversity, Dr Clara Barker, is happy to speak with students confidentially on any matters to do with gender equality.

Promoting gender equality is a key strategic priority for the University of Oxford.  Information can be found here.

There is an Oxford Women’s Newsletter for the University, published fortnightly during term time.  You can subscribe here.

Oxford University is a founder member of HeForShe, a global solidarity movement for gender equality launched by the United Nations in 2014.  

Oxford provides for an inclusive environment in which no student or member of staff will be treated less favourably on grounds of sexual orientation or gender reassignment.  See here for information about the University’s LGBTQI resources.

The Dean for Equality and Diversity, Dr Clara Barker is happy to speak with students confidentially on matters to do with sexual orientation.

Oxford Friend is 'a voluntary organisation that provides free and completely confidential information, support and counselling services for the LGBT community in Oxford. They’re here for anyone with questions about being gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, or anything else to do with gender or sexuality.’ Tel: 01865 726893 (Tues/Wed/Fri, 19.00-21.00) Email:


For questions about trans and gender non-conforming issues:  GIRES.  ‘GIRES' purpose is to improve the lives of trans and gender non-conforming people, including those who are non-binary and non-gender.’  

The Oxford University Student Union (Oxford SU) has an active LGBTQ campaign, 'supported by Oxford SU both financially and through the LGBTQ Officer but ... free to form its own policy and choose which issues to focus on'.  Their page includes the Oxford University LGBTQ Society Handbook. 

Gender and sexual orientation can sometimes be related to harassment, bullying or assault.  See the pages on Harassment and bullying and on Sexual assault.