The Department of Philosophy is committed to creating a supportive, safe, and welcoming environment for all of its members, and especially for students and staff from groups that are currently under-represented in academic philosophy. We believe that learning and research thrives only in such an environment, and we will strive to create a climate in which all scholars in our department are able to realise their full potential and have their achievements recognised.
The department is committed to following the British Philosophical Association (BPA) and Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) Good Practice Guidelines. The guidelines deal with gender bias, conference and seminars, sexual harassment, caregivers and staff-student relationships.
In 2013, we invited an academic from another department to meet with female students and staff to discuss climate issues. This academic provided a comprehensive report on the meeting that has formed the basis for much of the work we have been doing since to continue to improve the climate in the department.
We provide training sessions for undergraduates, postgraduates, and staff on the phenomena of implicit bias and stereotype threat, how they affect various aspects of our work at the University, and how to mitigate their effects.
We have held a number of sessions with female philosophers who are visiting to give talks at our department research seminar. The sessions are open to staff and students at all levels (especially women), and provide an opportunity to discuss career development, gender and other issues, and to hear from the speaker how she dealt with challenges in her career path.
There are now two academic staff contact points (Havi Carel and Richard Pettigrew) with whom students and staff can meet to raise any issues concerning climate, equality and diversity. Any issues raised will be treated as confidential.