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Breaking Barriers: Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in academic career progression at The University of Oxford


Co-authors Dr Mahima Mitra and Professor Sue Dopson, Professor Tim Soutphommasane (Chief Diversity Officer), the University’s Equality and Diversity team and Saïd Business School launched the Breaking Barriers report at a special event on 29 May 2024.

Find out more about the report


The Power of Perspectives: Diversifying Oxford’s Committees   

Why should we put equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) at the heart of Oxford's committees? 


In 2021, the University committed to ensuring University decision-making and governance structures are representative of the University community by setting targets for representation of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff and women on Council and its main committees. These targets are accompanied by a number of actions in the institutional Athena Swan and Race Equality charter action plans.

The University has around 150 members of staff that are elected to sit on the University’s main committees, divisional and faculty boards - helping them play a vital role in the governance of the University. Each year, new committee members are recruited in  Trinity term. Ahead of this annual opportunity to introduce fresh thinking into University decision-making, this talk explored why diversity on panels matters and how you can get involved. Hosted by Professor Tim Soutphommasane, Chief Diversity Officer, with Professor Patricia Daley and Professor Helen McShane

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Calendar of EDI dates 2023/24

You may find this list of awareness days and weeks useful for timing events and communications activities. 

Departments can also use this calendar to provide advance notice of the festivals for which staff might reasonably request leave. The University of Oxford is a diverse community, with people from many religious and cultural backgrounds.  While this calendar is intended as a starting point, we recognise that there may be other dates that are significant to individuals.  We encourage you to make any requests for annual leave in plenty of time.

If we have missed an important date or got something wrong please let us know.

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Date National/International Day Religious Observation
6th   Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)
10th World Suicide Prevention Day   
14th   Triumph of the Cross (Christian)
15th   Rosh Hashanah begins (Judaism)
18th International Equal Pay Day  Fast of Gedaliah (Judaism)
19th   Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)
21st International Day of Peace  
21st World Alzheimer's Day  
23rd Bi Visibility Day / International Day of Sign Languages       
24th World Deaf Day / Migraine Awareness Week begins  
25th  UK National Inclusion Week begins Yom Kippur (Judaism)
30th   Sukkot begins (Judaism)


Date National/International Day Religious Observation
1st Black History Month (UK) begins / Global Diversity Awareness Month begins / Menopause Awareness Month begins / International Day of Older Persons  
6th World Cerebral Palsy Day  
7th   Shemini Atzeret (Judaism)
8th   Simchat Torah (Judaism)
10th  World Mental Health Day   
12th World Sight Day  
15th   Sharad Navratri begins (Hindu)
18th International Pronouns Day  
18th World Menopause Day  
24th   Dusshera (Hindu)
26th Intersex Awareness Day   
29th World Stroke Day  
31st   All Hallows' Eve (Christian)


Date National/International Day Religious Observation
1st Men's Health Awareness Month begins All Saints' Day (Christian)
2nd   All Souls' Day (Christian)
8th Intersex Day of Solidarity   
12th UK Interfaith Week begins Diwali (Hindu/Sikh)
13th World Kindness Day   
14th Anti-Bullying Week begins  
16th Start of Disability History Month (UK)  
19th International Men's Day  
20th Transgender Day of Remembrance  
24th   Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Sikh)
25th International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women   
26th   Feast of Christ the King (Christian)


Date National/International Day Religious Observation
1st Universal Month for Human Rights begins / AIDS Awareness Month begins / World AIDS Day  
2nd International Day for the Abolition of Slavery   
3rd International Day of People with Disabilities  Advent Sunday (Christian)
8th   Chanukah begins (Judaism) / Bodhi Day (Buddhist) / Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Christian)
10th Human Rights Day  
18th International Migrants Day  
20th International Human Solidarity Day  
24th   Christmas Eve (Christian)
25th   Christmas Day (Christian)
28th   Holy Innocents (Christian)
31st   Watch Night (Christian)


Date National/International Day Religious Observation
1st Cervical Health Awareness Month begins  
4th World Braille Day   
6th   Epiphany (Christian)
13th   Lohri (Buddhist) / Maghi (Sikh)
15th World Religion Day Pongal (Hindu)
17th   Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh (Sikh)
25th   Mahayana New Year (Buddhist) / Thaipusam (Hindu) / Tu Bishvat (Judaism)
27th Holocaust Memorial Day   


Date National/International Day Religious Observation
1st LGBT+ History Month begins  
2nd Time to Talk Day Candlemas (Christian)
6th UK Race Equality Week begins  
7th   Lailat al Miraj (Islam) 
10th   Chinese New Year
11th International Day of Women and Girls in Science  
14th   Vasant Panchami (Hindu) / Ash Wednesday (Christian)
15th   Parinirvana Day (Buddhist)
20th  World Day of Social Justice   
24th   Magha Puja (Buddhist)
25th International STAND UP to Bullying Day   


Date National/International Day Religious Observation
1st Women's History Month begins / Zero Discrimination Day / International Wheelchair Day  
3rd World Hearing Day  
8th International Women's Day   
11th   Ramadan begins (Islam)
14th University Mental Health Day  
15th International Day to Combat Islamophobia  
18th Neurodiversity Celebration Week begins  
21st International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination  
21st World Down Syndrome Day  
24th   Purim (Judaism)
25th   Holi (Hindu/Sikh) / Palm Sunday (Christian)
29th   Good Friday (Christian)
30th  World Bipolar Day   
31st International Transgender Day of Visibility  Easter Sunday (Christian)


Day National/International Day  Religious Observation
1st Autism Awareness Month begins / Stress Awareness Month begins Easter Monday (Christian)
2nd World Autism Awareness Day  
6th International Asexuality Day Lailat-al-Qadr (Islam)
9th   Saka New Year / Ugadi / Chaitra Navratri (Hindu) 
13th   Theravada New Year (Buddhist)
14th   Tamil New Year / Vaisakhi (Sikh)
17th   Ramanavami (Hindu)
18th   Birthday of Guru Anghad Dev (Sikh)
21st   Eid-al-Fitr / Ramadan ends (Islam)
22nd Earth Day  
23rd   Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)
26th Lesbian Visibility Day  
30th   Passover ends (Judaism)


Date National/International Day Religious Observation
6th   Yom HaShoah (Judaism)
9th   Ascension Day (Christian)
10th   Akshaya Tritiya (Hindu)
13th Mental Health Awareness Week begins  
15th International Day of Families   
17th International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia / World Neurofibromatosis Day  
18th Global Accessibility Awareness Day  
19th   Pentecost (Christian)
26th   Lag BaOmer (Judaism) / Trinity Sunday (Christian)


Date National/International Day Religious Observation
1st LGBTQ+ Pride Month begins / Gypsy, Roma and Traveler History Month begins/ Global Day of Parents  
5th World Environment Day Yom Yerushalayim (Judaism)
10th Global Wellness Day   
11th   Shavuot begins (Judaism)
15th   Hajj begins (Islam)
16th   Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev (Sikh) / Eid-al-Adha (Islam)
18th Autistic Pride Day   
20th World Refugee Day  
21st World Humanist Day  
22nd UK Windrush Day  


Date National/international day Religious Observation
7th   Islamic New Year / Al-Hijra
14th International Non-Binary People's Day  
17th World Day for International Justice Ashura (Islam)
21st   Dharma Day (Buddhist)
30th International Day of Friendship  


Date National/International Day Religious Observation
1st   Lammas (Christian)
9th International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples  
12th International Youth Day  
13th   Tish'a B'av (Judaism)
15th   The Assumption of Mary (Christian)
19th World Humanitarian Day Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)
22nd International Day commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence based on Religion or Belief   
23rd International Day for the remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition  






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