Identifies as: gay
Departments are the theatres where not only cutting-edge research and outstanding teaching are staged, but also where people from different parts of the world meet, live their lives, and express their diverse identities. Finding a welcoming and open environment is therefore crucial for both their academic and personal fulfilment. This is especially true for minority and under-represented groups, such as LGBTIQ+ people.
I am a DPhil candidate in Mathematical Physics at Worcester College, Stipendiary Lecturer at St. Peter’s and College Lecturer at Keble. Since I started my journey asking questions about the Universe, Oxford has been an invaluable setting where I could voice fully both my academic and personal identity, for the first time in life. When I first arrived, back in 2017, I decided to come out as gay man by creating and taking the position of MCR LGBTIQ+ Officer in my college. Since then, I have sought opportunities to further embrace and explore my identity and tried to help others to do the same.
I experienced, in person, the value of networking and the importance of visibility for LGBTIQ+ people: from being involved in organising college and inter-collegiate graduate events, queer conferences, and discussions groups in the Mathematical Institute to joining the LGBT+ Role Models Network.
I believe role models often supply ink and paper to LGBTIQ+ people who have been yearning to write poems about their true selves. Moreover, increasing the visibility of minority and under-represented groups provides a porthole through which names, faces and the stories of real people contribute to change in society at large.
If you are a graduate student or a member of staff, in Mathematics or from other Departments, and you would like to know more about Oxford and the University from an LGBT+ perspective, please feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to attend the Role Model training please email:
Information for new LGBT+ Staff (PDF)