The School of Philosophy and Art History aims to treat all staff and students who are part of the School, and also visitors to the School, equally in all relevant respects.
Our School has 23 permanent academic members of staff, 11 of whom are women. About 50% of our overall postgraduate students are women, however the gender distribution is still uneven in both Philosophy and Art History and we therefore remain committed to improving this. The majority of our undergraduate population in Philosophy, Art History and Interdisciplinary Studies is female, around 55:45%.
We acknowledge that historically women and minorities have been disadvantaged in many aspects of university and academic life, through both conscious and unconscious assumptions, biases, and prejudices, and through unfavourable practical arrangements. We are committed to changing this situation. We believe that the School in general will benefit academically, intellectually, and socially from an energetic commitment to promoting equality.
This commitment entails that all students and staff of the School should strive to be conscious of ways in which their behaviour may be disrespectful, detrimental or damaging to the activities and equal status of women and other underrepresented groups.
It is part of the responsibility of everyone in the School to maintain an atmosphere for work and study in which equality is the norm. On occasions, this may require us to bring contrary behaviour to the attention of the person concerned, as well as to accept appropriate criticism of our own behaviour.
We're proud of our female members and their outstanding achievements and we're honoured to showcase their work.
Many of us carry out research on gender equality and related issues.
This is also reflected in our teaching, notably through our Feminism module.
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.