NEW COLLEGE AND DIVERSITY
New College was one of the first colleges to conduct and receive a systematic Diversity Audit. As a result of this a series of measures have been implemented, in particular relating to the diversification of staff in academic posts. The College’s policy is to ensure that, as much as is possible within the law, it seeks to recruit in order to diversify. The College has been active in the creation of the Black Academic Futures (BAF) Scholarships, to help deal with what is probably the most critical, practical pinch point in seeking to overcome systemic issues around race in the academic context. The College is committed to have its own BAF Scholars, and has also agreed to take on a BAME DPhil Scholar in Law. The College is also looking at how representation in under-represented cohorts amongst its undergraduate population can be improved, both through working with partners, and through dedicated outreach programmes. A BAME essay competition for school children takes place to encourage BAME applications. The College has also agreed to create a fund to support a Black Scholarship for undergraduates at Oxford.
The College’s Governing Body recently agreed to create a new category of Visiting Research Fellow, where the objective would be to bring in diverse academics, representing the richness of the BAME universe, in order to benefit from their academic and research expertise. Positive action would also be used to recruit some of these.
The BAME Alumni Project, of which these web pages are part, will extend into a commissioned portraiture project.
The New College Society and the JCR collaborate on an annual BAME Dinner which draws BAME Alumni and BAME junior members together. For the first time, the College officially celebrated Black History Month, the inaugural event being a JCR sponsored lecture on Toussaint Louverture in the context of the new biography, ‘Black Spartacus’.
Currently, the College is planning an annual BAME Culture Festival, post-Covid, and a symposium to celebrate Sir Michael Dummett and the Campaign for Racial Justice.