Equality & Diversity at Hertford

Equal Opportunity ChairEvie Raja, 2nd year Arch & Anthevie.raja@hertford.ox.ac.uk
BME RepAminah Memon, 2nd year Biologyaminah.memon@hertford.ox.ac.uk
Class RepAnya Tregay, 2nd year Lawanya.tregay@hertford.ox.ac.uk
Disabilities RepCaitlin Cooper, 2nd year Englishcaitlin.cooper@hertford.ox.ac.uk
LGBT RepBella Done, 2nd year Mathsisabella.done@hertford.ox.ac.uk
Women’s RepHarini Iyer, 2nd year Geographyharini.iyer@hertford.ox.ac.uk

Hertford welfare handbook can be found here (requires SSO).

Disability support at Hertford

  • Many people at Oxford have a disability and as such there is a lot of support available
  • If you have a disability or suspect you may have a disability, Lynn Featherstone the registrar should be able to help with problems raised.
  • The chaplain Mia Smith can also be very useful to talk to initially, especially if you are already at Hertford, or you can ring the Doctors.
  • You may be put in contact with the Disability Advisory Service, who will offer you further support, including applying for funding if you require specialist equipment.
  • Our Disabilities Rep Caitlin Cooper (caitlin.cooper@hertford.ox.ac.uk) is always available via college email or facebook messenger

Caitlin says:

  • I understand that it can be daunting to talk to a member of college, so if any student has concerns related to the points on this list they are more than welcome to come to me!
  • I’m really keen to ensure that disabled people feel included in college so if anyone wants to raise concerns about accessibility, they’re should come to me and we can see where to go from there and resolve any issues

Being BAME at Hertford

Hertford students at a recent BME formal held at Keble College

Women* at Hertford

Hertford’s Women*’s Rep organises women’s formals and events, provides free emergency sanitary products, and is here to help with any women’s issues! Our Women*’s Rep Harini (harini.iyer@hertford.ox.ac.uk) says:

Hi! I’m Harini (she/her), a first-year geographer here at Hertford, and the JCR’s Women*’s Rep. My role is to support, represent and organise events for those within the undergraduate body of students who identify as women, non-binary or women aligning, in college. We’re very lucky to be part of an inclusive and safe college, which (at least in my year!) has a large proportion of women* identifying students. This means that there is big community of women* to rely on and confide in when the going gets tough, but also to build friendships, share experiences and create memories with. It really does feel like a sisterhood, which is so comforting, especially as a fresher coming into a new and pretty daunting environment at university. As women*’s rep, I’m responsible for organising events like women*’s wine and paint nights, our take on ‘ou est le poulet?’ and formals. These are a great way to get to know other people across the Hertford community. I also stock up the free sanitary products available in college public toilets – which is another great thing about Hertford. The JCR also provides menstrual cups and the morning after pill at a subsidised cost. In terms of support, I’m always here to help with any issues (no matter how small!). If you have concerns about college, I can help you draft JCR motions to lobby for change or bring up wider college related issues to the Equality and Diversity Committee. However, you can also talk to the welfare reps, and welfare officers who have had SU training and are available to listen. Mia, our college chaplain is also available to talk about your wellbeing, exam stress, managing your workload (literally anything that you need to get off your chest). For more serious concerns, the welfare officers and/or Mia are your best port of call.

Being LGBT+ at Hertford

Hertford’s a place for everyone, and the college hosts loads of events and socials. We also have a gender expression fund of up to £200 to reimburse students for items aiding gender expression! Our LGBT+ rep, Bella (isabella.done@hertford.ox.ac.uk), says:

Hi everyone! I’m Bella (she/they), a 2nd year and I’m your LGBTQ+ rep this year! I’m so excited to be taking over this role and provide lots of exciting events to help you feel as welcomed as possible. I’m looking forward to hosting a big formal for us this term, a games night, and hopefully holding Tuesgays at Hertford. All types of events and ideas are welcomed and I truly want everyone to be involved in deciding how we celebrate queerness this year! Hertford has a gender expression fund, so please do get in touch whenever if this is something that you’d be interested in. I am always here to talk if you need, or if not can just provide some vegan cake and a hug. Definitely go over and follow the instagram account, @lgbt_at_hertford – there should be lots of updates and polls over there, and maybe even profiles if you want to write one. Otherwise you can find me badly rapping or singing in my room (my neighbours love me) or dancing at a Taylor Swift club night.

Discrimination Policy

What do I do if I have been discriminated against?

  • If you have been subject to discrimination, you can contact Prof. Fernanda Duarte at fernanda.duartegonzalez@chem.ox.ac.uk, who is the Tutor for Equality and Diversity.
  • You can also talk to Mia, one of the Peer Supporters or Junior Deans if you feel you need someone else to talk to about it.
  • If the harassment or discrimination took place in college or you were subject to it by a member of the college community and you wish to take action against that person, the best person to talk to is Oliver Noble-Wood who is the Dean at Hertford and therefore head of discipline and welfare and can help you with this.

Harassment Policy

  • If you have been a victim of any form of sexual violence or harassment there is support for you in college to access at any time
  • If you have been subject to harassment, you can contact our harassment Advisors – ​Dr Aruna Nair (aruna.nair@hertford.ox.ac.uk) and Mia Smith (mia.smith@hertford.ox.ac.uk)
  • You can also talk to Mia, one of the Peer Supporters, or the Junior Deans if you feel you need someone else to talk to about it.
  • If the harassment took place in college or you were subject to it by a member of the college community and you wish to take action against that person, Oliver Noble-Wood who is the Dean at Hertford and therefore head of discipline and welfare can help you with this.