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Equality and Diversity

The Philosophy at Southampton 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.

BPA Good Practice Scheme
BPA Good Practice Scheme

What we are doing

BPA/SWIP Good Practice Guidelines

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.

Women in Philosophy Meetings

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.

Meetings with Visiting Speakers

Since 2014/15, we ask visiting speakers if they would be happy to have a session discussing their career and experiences with our graduate students.

Academic Staff Contacts

There is an academic staff contact point (Alex Gregory) with whom students and staff can meet to raise any issues concerning climate, equality and diversity. Any issues raised will be treated as confidential.

Athena Swan

Humanities at Southampton are currently in the process of putting together their application for the Gender Equality Mark/ Athena SWAN award.

Minitories and Philosophy

We host a Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) chapter. They are a student-run group which aims to support and celebrate the work of members of underrepresented groups in philosophy. For more information on the UK MAP network visit the website and for information on the Southampton chapter see click here.

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