Religion and belief
Find out about provision for staff and students of different religious backgrounds at the University, and explore guidance from external sources.
The University of Oxford encompasses a diverse group of staff and students from varied religious or non-religious backgrounds. Part of our duty to promote equality and value diversity is to provide an inclusive environment in which staff and students of all religions and none will thrive.
Students and members of staff will find that there is a wide variety of places of worship within the University and in and around the City centre. For details see the faith societies and belief groups webpage.
The EDU’s religious calendar includes details of religious festivals for which staff might reasonably request leave.
The University has adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism.
The Opening Oxford website was launched in 2021, to mark the 150th anniversary of the 1871 Universities Tests Act, which removed the last religious restrictions for scholars attending the University of Oxford. The website provides more information about the diverse religious history of the University since the 1871 Act – with a series of blogs, an exhibition and further resources.
External resources about religion and belief
The EDU has collated these resources for anyone who would like to explore the topic further, but please note that they are not endorsed by the University.