Ross Brooks

  • I have always been out and proud as a gay man at Brookes and I am impressed by all the support, events, and initiatives that are now such an integral part of life within the University. I was first here in the early 1990s when the situation was very different.

    Oxford is one of the queerest places in the world, its LGBTQ+ history can be traced back over 600 years. Be part of this great tradition! The city’s vibrant and diverse university culture provides a relaxed and welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ people from all over the world.

    I have always been out and proud as a gay man at Brookes and I am impressed by all the support, events, and initiatives that are now such an integral part of life within the University. I was first here in the early 1990s when the situation was very different.

    It has been a very positive experience witnessing how things have changed over the years, and helping to make improvements myself. You can do that! There are many people at Brookes — students, academics, admin staff — who can be approached for support and inspiration on LGBTQ+ matters. Opportunities to engage with issues and initiatives are aplenty (come up with your own if you like!). You can also seek out opportunities to engage with queer subjects in the curriculum or as an independent project.

    I first pursued LGBTQ+ history as a Brookes undergraduate and continued to do so at master’s level. I am now a PhD student. My project is titled Evolution’s Closet: The New Biology and Homosexuality in Britain, 1871-1967 and is funded by the Wellcome Trust. I am just one of several research students pursuing LGBTQ+ themed projects at Brookes. Whatever your aims and aspirations are for your time here, the key to success is to engage. It is much easier than you might think!