Equality and Diversity

The School of Philosophical Anthropological & Film Studies is determined to actively support equality and fairness irrespective of race, disability, age, faith, gender and sexual orientation. We are working to eradicate any explicit or implicit discrimination of staff and students on the basis of these differences.

Athena Swan logoIn May 2015 the Equality Challenge Unit's (ECU) Athena Swan charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

ECU's Athena SWAN Charter covers:

  • academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL
  • professional and support staff
  • trans staff and students

In relation to:

  • representation
  • progression of students into academia
  • journey through career milestones
  • working environment for all staff

We are preparing an application for an Athena SWAN Gender Equality Bronze Award and have established a Self-Assessment Team which has been meeting regularly since October 2015. The Team membership is as follows: Mrs Katie Allan (School Administrator/Secretary), Dr Michael Cowan (Head of Film Studies), Dr Lucy Donaldson (Lecturer, Film Studies), Dr James Harris (Head of Philosophy), Professor Mark Harris (Head of School), Professor Katherine Hawley (Chair and School Equality and Diversity Officer), Dr Lisa Jones (Philosophy Director of Teaching), Dr Stavroula Pipyrou (Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, Social Anthropology), Dr Adam Reed (Head of Social Anthropology).

Further information on equality policies and initiates in the School and university can be found at:

Please also see the Guide to Constructive and Respectful Discussions in Philosophy.

For more information about Equality and Diversity in Philosophy see: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/philosophy/dept/equality.