About us

The Equality and Diversity Unit supports the University’s commitment to fostering an inclusive culture which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected.

We have a team of advisors covering each area of equality and diversity, in relation to both staff and students – except provision for disabled students. This is the responsibility of the Disability Advisory Service.

We also support the University’s Harassment Advisory Service and Harassment Advisors’ Network.

Our work is overseen by the Equality and Diversity Panel, which reports to the Education and Personnel Committees of Council. The Panel is chaired by the University Advocate for Equality and Diversity.

The Disability Advisory Group and  LGBT+ Advisory Group are formal groups, with staff and student representation from across the collegiate University, that advise both us and the Panel. See the right hand menu for links to the Advisory Groups. 

The work of these groups is in turn supported by networks. Visit our networks web page for more information. 


University Advocate for Equality and Diversity

Meet the University Advocate for Equality and Diversity, Dr Rebecca Surender.

dr rebecca surender video


The Equality and Diversity Team

Adrienne Hopkins

Head of Unit
Email: adrienne.hopkins@admin.ox.ac.uk
Tel01865 (2)89821

Sally Baden

Gender Equality and Athena SWAN Policy Adviser

Email: sally.baden@admin.oxford.ac.uk

Tel: 01865 (2)89943

Sara Smith

Policy Advisor 
Email: sara.smith@admin.ox.ac.uk


Sarah Stephenson-Hunter

Staff Disability Advisor

Email: staffdisability@admin.ox.ac.uk

Tel: (2)80687

Dr Machilu Zimba

Policy Advisor (Race Equality, Religion and Belief) 
Email: race.equality@admin.ox.ac.uk
Tel01865 289936

Caroline Kennedy

Equality and Harassment Administrator
Email: caroline.kennedy@admin.ox.ac.uk