School of Philosophy and Art History

Equality and inclusion

​Promoting and celebrating equality at Essex​

The School of Philosophy and Art History are signed up as participants in the British Philosophical Association (BPA) and Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) Good Practice Scheme.

The scheme aims to assist UK philosophy departments, learned societies and journals in ensuring that they have policies and procedures in place that encourage the representation of women in philosophy.

Our school aims to treat all staff and students who are part of the school, and also visitors to the school, equally in all relevant respects, regardless of gender.

We acknowledge that historically women have been disadvantaged in many aspects of university and academic life, through both conscious and unconscious assumptions, biases, and prejudices, and through practical arrangements which were not favourable for women, and we are committed to changing this situation.

We believe that not only female students and staff of the school, but the school in general will benefit academically, intellectually and socially from an energetic commitment to promoting gender equality.

Essex Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) Group

The Essex Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) Group is an informal student-led organisation which seeks both to raise awareness of, and think of ways of addressing, the under-representation of women in philosophy.

The group is based on the Society for Women in Philosophy UK national organisation and its aims include:

  • Providing a supportive network for self-defining women working in philosophy and other theoretical disciplines at Essex
  • Promoting feminism in philosophy and philosophy in feminism
  • Raising awareness of work by women in philosophy, both contemporary and historical
  • Thinking critically about the discipline of philosophy and its relationship to women and other underrepresented groups

Events and activities

Events organised by Essex SWIP Group include:

  • Welcome events for new students in October each year
  • A weekly Feminism and Philosophy Reading Group
  • Regular social events to help provide a supportive environment for women to meet and discuss philosophy

Resources for all in the school

Our school fosters an inclusive research and teaching environment. Below is a list of some of the resources available to those in the school and across the University of Essex.