Winners of 2020 Vice-Chancellor's Diversity Awards announced



‘I am delighted to introduce the shortlisted nominations and winners for the 2020 Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity Awards. Exceptional work is being undertaken at all levels of the University in this area and countless colleagues devote time and energy to initiatives which promote equality and diversity – often on top of their usual responsibilities. The awards recognise and celebrate these pioneering initiatives and the people behind them.’

Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor

Dr Rebecca Surender, Advocate for Equality and Diversity and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, chaired the judging panel: ‘It was wonderful to receive so many nominations for the Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity Awards from both students and staff and from all sections of the University – many thanks to everyone who participated.’

Nominated by others, this award recognises students and staff at all level who have inspired others through their actions and commitment to equality and diversity.


Hannah Ravenswood, Organisational Development Advisor, People and Organisational Development (POD)

Hannah has inspired others by her willingness to talk openly about her own experiences as an LGBT+ member of staff and of living with mental illness and Type 1 diabetes and has been the driving force behind establishing the University’s growing network of LBGT+ role models and allies.

Lamis Hamdi, Medical Student, Green Templeton College

Lamis has been committed to equality and diversity from the start of her time at Oxford. She has been Chair of Oxford SU’s Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality (CRAE), involved in the St Hilda’s Feminist Festival and a peer supporter for BME students through the Peers of Colour scheme.

Also shortlisted

Elizabeth Frood, Associate Professor of Egyptology, Faculty of Oriental Studies

Harry Gable, MPhil Student in Comparative Government, New College

Karla Miller, Senior Research Fellow and Associate Director, Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging

Klaudia Krawieka, DPhil Student in Cyber Security, Department of Computer Science and Keble College

Lucy Tirahan, Undergraduate Student, Lincoln College

Shazeaa Ishmael, DPhil Student, Department of Materials

Suzan Meryem Kalayci, British Academy International Newton Fellow, Faculty of History, and Junior Research Fellow, Pembroke College

Recognises work to create a working, research or learning environment which values difference and in which everyone feels that they belong and can thrive.


LGBT+ Role Models and LGBT+ Allies Workshops, submitted by Hannah Ravenswood, POD

Through the workshops that Hannah has designed and facilitated, the University’s has built a network of 60 LGBT+ Role Models and 160 LBGT+ Allies, all committed to taking action to build a safe and supportive environment for the University’s LGBT+ community.

Also shortlisted

Facial Recognition: An Exhibition, submitted by Lucy Tirahan, Lincoln College

Inclusive Conference Guide, submitted by Alice Chautard, School of Geography and the Environment

Unsung Heroes of Science, submitted by Kathryn Boast, Hertford College

Recognises work to increase the participation of under-represented groups or to extend the reach of the University’s work to new audiences.


Multaka-Oxford, submitted by Nicola Bird, Oxford University Museums

A joint project at the History of Science and Pitt Rivers Museums which has created inclusive volunteering opportunities for 64 people who arrived in the city as forced migrants or asylum seekers.

Also shortlisted

Ethiopian and Eritrean Treasures – Ge’ez as a transmitter of cultural heritage, submitted by Mai Musié, Bodleian Libraries

RisingWISE, submitted by Anne Miller, MPLS Division

UNIQ+ and NUSI, submitted by Nadia Pollini, Graduate Admissions

Recognises work to promote understanding of equality and diversity and influence perceptions among the University community and the wider public.


Beyond Boundaries, submitted by Daisy Hung, MPLS Division

A science-inspired art competition which has increased the visibility of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) scientists and mathematicians, broken down the perceived division between science and art, and shared exciting research and relatable BME role models with young people.  

Also shortlisted

The Global Thinkers Project, submitted by Richard Caplan, Department of Politics and International Relations

Making History: Christian Cole, Alain Locke and Oscar Wilde at Oxford, submitted by Michèle Mendelssohn, Faculty of English

Tomorrow’s Oxford Heads, submitted by Heather Viles, School of Geography and the Environment

You can read more about all of the shortlisted individuals and projects at: and view the ceremony booklet as a PDF.