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.
The British Philosophical Association (BPA) and the Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) have launched some Good Practice Guidelines to encourage the representation of women in philosophy. The guidelines deal with gender bias, conference and seminars, sexual harassment, caregivers and staff-student relationships. Philosophy at Southampton has signed up to all of the guidelines.
The department funds an informal get together for female members of staff and graduate students. These are held once a semester and provide an informal opportunity for sharing experiences and advice.
Since 2014/15, we ask female visiting speakers if they would be happy to have a session discussing their career and experiences with our female graduate students.
There are now two academic staff contact points (Lee Walters and Elselijn Kingma) with whom students and staff can meet to raise any issues concerning climate, equality and diversity. Any issues raised will be treated as confidential.
Humanities at Southampton are currently in the process of putting together their application for the Gender Equality Mark/ Athena SWAN award.