Jane Garnett wins Vice-Chancellor's Diversity Award

Date Published: 06.06.2022

The award recognises her impact on equality and diversity in the University and Wadham College.

"It is what being a university means."

The Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the strength of commitment to equality and diversity at Oxford and to recognise individuals and groups who have inspired others, demonstrated leadership and made a difference to equality and diversity in the University’s working, learning and social environment.

Jane Garnett, Fellow and Tutor in History, is among the recipients of the 2022 Diversity Awards. She received the Staff Champion award. Jane said:

"This is an award received on behalf of so many others with whom I have been privileged to work. Everything I have done has been in creative collaboration with others."

She added, "Enhancing diversity is about self-renewal. It is a fundamental process of increasing critical awareness, challenging assumptions, making new connections and keeping open to learning. It is what being a university means."

The announcement from the University credited Jane with the following achievements:

Jane has promoted EDI for many years and successfully operates at all levels, from the interpersonal to the institutional. Among her many achievements she has created a robust EDI strategy for the Humanities Division, led the development of UK BME PGT Studentships and established the Divisional Culture Change Fund.

Jane has been a driving force behind the interdisciplinary MSt in Women’s Studies (now 'Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies') since its foundation and engages junior scholars in teaching and governance. At Wadham College, Jane has spearheaded numerous initiatives, supporting students individually and collectively, advocating for better support of care-experienced and estranged students and for a graduate disability scholarship.