History Faculty Statement of Values

The Faculty acknowledges, with the Covid-19 crisis exacerbating existing inequalities, and racism and injustice under rightful scrutiny across the world, that we must clearly signal our commitment to acknowledging these problems and working constructively to address them. This is a statement of our values.

Primary goals

  • To advance historical study and understanding in the broadest possible sense, recognising that there is equal value in many kinds of pedagogy and scholarship
  • To create an environment in which everyone – at every academic level from undergraduate to professor, and among professional and support staff, regardless of background and identity – can fulfil their potential
  • To enable intellectual enquiry to develop freely over the course of a whole academic career
  • Collectively and individually to promote academic freedom
  • To be an autonomous, mutually supportive and self-governing academic community

Supporting principles

  • We recognise the value that human differences bring to our learning, teaching and scholarship
  • We wish to support our students’ intellectual development, enabling them to fulfil their potential as articulate and informed members of society
  • We commit to fair-dealing and respect in our interactions with one another
  • We aim to eradicate inequalities that have a detrimental effect on students, academics and support staff
  • We commit to ensuring that our pedagogic, research and professional events are welcoming and inclusive
  • We recognise there are no excuses for treating any colleague or student with a lack of respect
  • We wish everyone to be able to participate in our culture of autonomy and self-government, recognising that this has not always been the case
  • We value the personal lives of our students and colleagues and respect their responsibilities beyond academia
  • We measure our research success in terms of quality, innovation and creativity, and not solely according to the research excellence framework and grant capture
  • We recognise that the expectations upon all who work in universities can currently be difficult to manage; and commit to tackling the causes of stress and ill-health, and removing the barriers to personal fulfilment.

This statement is reviewed annually by the Faculty Board.  If you have any comments or suggestions you would like to share, please send them to chair@history.ox.ac.uk.