Equality, diversity and inclusion

The School of Philosophical, Anthropological, and Film Studies is determined to actively support equality and fairness irrespective of race, ethnicity, disability, age, faith, gender or sexual orientation. It is working to eradicate any explicit or implicit discrimination of staff and students on the basis of these differences, and to create an environment that is welcoming and inclusive to everyone.

Issues of equality, diversity, and inclusion are addressed by the School Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.

If you have any thoughts, ideas, or concerns about equality, diversity, or inclusion in the School, please contact the EDI Officer or any member of the committee. They would be very happy to hear from you no matter what your role in the School; they value feedback from undergraduate and postgraduate students, and academic and professional services staff alike. You can also contact the University’s EDI Office at diversity@st-andrews.ac.uk.

If you are interested in joining the EDI Committee, please contact the EDI Officer. The School strives to maintain a broad, inclusive, and representative committee, and would welcome expressions of interest. 

You can read detailed information about the EDI Committee’s current and planned activities (based on its Athena SWAN Action Plan). 

The University's EDI Office has a useful website, which includes links to University policies, networks, and events, and further information about diversity in the University. 

Report and support

The Report and Support tool is available to report any concerns you have related to wellbeing, bullying, discrimination, abuse, assault or harassment of any sort. You can report anonymously or using your contact details. If you provide your contact details, a member of staff will be able to contact you to help provide support. This tool can be used by students, members of staff, members of the public or visitors to the University.

Mediation service

The Mediation Service is available to students, staff and members of the public, experiencing disagreement or conflict, who would prefer a less formal method of discussing University-related disagreements and grievances. The service is also available for groups or teams. 

The Mediators are staff members from The University of St Andrews who have undertaken formal mediation training accredited by Scottish Mediation. Several Post Graduate students have also qualified in Mediation. Mediators act impartially and separately from University Schools and Services. They are solely interested in helping those engaged in the service reach a mutually acceptable solution.

Mediation is a confidential, informal, voluntary, self-determined and without prejudice process. If you or someone you know is involved in a disagreement that is in its early stages or has reached an impasse, please contact mediation@st-andrews.ac.uk for an informal chat about how the mediators can help.