The British Philosophical Association and Society for Women in Philosophy Good Practice Scheme
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 assists 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. It offers clear guidelines on running conference and seminar series (.pdf), preventing and dealing with sexual harassment (.pdf), supporting caregivers (.pdf), maintaining healthy staff-student relationships (.pdf) and managing research projects (.pdf).
Philosophy at the University of Essex signed up to the Good Practice Scheme in January 2015 and are committed to following these guidelines. We aim 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.
SWIP good practice policy implementation plan (.pdf)