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Video clip: Richard has found that having a culture of openness that takes diversity and disability seriously comes from the top.

What I have found with Oxford is, on the whole for these sort of issues, and on issues of sort of sexual diversity, it's an immensely supportive environment, from - from the very top. And, and again, at the college level I've found it to be very supportive.

Can you tell me a bit more about that support?

I think it's an openness. And it's an explicit openness. And things like, you know, the Vice Chancellor's Diversity Fund, it's very much putting - putting money and putting publicity where your mouth is. And I've worked for places that were very supportive, but didn't really formalise that support or announce it quite so strongly. I think that makes a huge difference. I think if by the nature of a lot of medical conditions you - you might be able to find out that the institution is supportive. It's very important that you don't have to look, that you know in advance that it will be supportive.