New College is committed to providing an open and safe environment which both values and promotes diversity and equality of opportunity, encouraging all our staff and students to fulfil their potential.
The Tutor for Equality and Diversity is Grant Churchill, and the Warden chairs the Equality and Diversity Committee, composed of senior and junior members.
If you would like to find out more, please read the College's Equality Policy.
Encouraging Diverse Applications
There are many groups which historically have been under-represented at Oxford, and New College is no exception. We are committed to do our very best in changing this.
Access and Outreach
We work with schools and students of all social, ethnic, religious and educational backgrounds, seeking to ensure that everyone of outstanding academic potential feels able to apply to Oxford.
There are many groups that are currently under-represented at the University and New College is committed to changing this. To that end, we work with students from state schools from across the country, encouraging them to apply to the University and supporting them to build a competitive application if they do choose to do so - both visiting schools and hosting students here at the College.
BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic)
One area of strong focus for the College is BAME students. The Warden chairs a BAME Working Party which seeks to encourage a welcoming environment for BAME students. Both the JCR and MCR are actively involved in this, as are our wonderful BAME students, our best ambassadors. These include not just UK BAME students, but our larger numbers of international students, (some of whom have not formally identified as BAME, and, therefore, are not officially counted).
So far as the BAME students are concerned, we have a particular interest in attracting UK Black students. Our Access and Outreach officers visit schools and host students to encourage applications and to help make those applications competitive. We also contribute to Target Oxbridge, details of which are below.
Target Oxbridge is a programme which seeks to help academically gifted, black British students with their applications to Oxford and Cambridge. Students on the scheme will have regular contact with a BME Oxbridge graduate, attend academic sessions and receive coaching on the various stages of the Oxbridge application process.
At New College, we are committed to increasing the number of Black British students both at the College and at the University. We therefore contribute to the funding of the programme, and are one of the host Colleges for its Easter residential. We are very keen to receive applications from candidates who have been through the programme.
Annual BAME Dinner
The College's commitment to celebrate BAME extends to our Old Members. In 2017, we instituted an annual BAME dinner - the 2020 iteration of which occurred on 8th February - celebrating the achievements of all our current and former students that identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic. Ensuring that prospective students aren’t put off applying to Oxford by a fear of not fitting in is a priority for the College – as is making those that do come as welcome as possible. Those attending deemed the dinner a great success but we know it's only a start.
Below is a video from the first BAME Dinner in 2017. Apologies in advance for the sound quality - everyone was having such a good time that there was a lot of background noise!
The College celebrates its LGBTQ+ students and staff. The Warden holds an annual LGBTQ+ cocktail party in the Lodgings; the Rainbow and Transgender flags fly at the appropriate times; and a joint annual event of New College Society members and students has just been inaugurated. The JCR and MCR LGBTQ+ representatives also organise a range of events for their members.