BPA/SWIP Good Practice Guidelines

We have adopted the British Philosophical Association (BPA) and Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) Good Practice Guidelines in their entirety. We believe strongly in creating a welcoming environment for all philosophers, and in particular for members of groups that are underrepresented.


Here are some important ways that we are following the guidelines:

  • Anonymous searches: We are committed to anonymous longlisting and reading of writing samples for all academic jobs.
  • Implicit Bias training: All teacher training carried out by the department includes a session on implicit bias.
  • Diversifying syllabi seminar series, and conferences/workshops: All department members are urged to strive for diversity, aiming to include members of underrepresented groups.
  • Seminar discussion: The department seminar uses the One-Question-Per-Question Rule, and gives the first question to a student. Priority in the discussion is also given to those who speak less frequently.
  • Caregiving: The department is very committed to accommodating caregiving responsibilities. Wherever possible, teaching is scheduled to accommodate these and all-important departmental events take place between 9 and 5. We have so far been able to accommodate all requests for part-time arrangements and unpaid leave.

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