The BPA have produced a statement about the role of metrics (citation-counts, journal-rankings etc.) in making judgements about the quality of philosophical work. This was in response to HEFCE’s call for evidence about metrics, as part of their ongoing review. You can read the statement here.

Open Access

The BPA responded to HEFCE’s consultation process and produced its own position paper on the issue. The latter provided information about the Government’s proposals, stated the BPA’s views on and criticisms of various aspects of the policy, and suggested ways in which philosophers might respond so as to protect and promote philosophy publishing. 


Women in Philosophy

You can read the 2011 report, ‘Women in Philosophy in the UK’, produced by the Joint BPA/SWIP Committee for Women in Philosophy, here. Further resources, including pages related to the new BPA/SWIP Good Practice Guidelines, are available here.


Environment / Travel Guideline Scheme

The BPA have drawn up Guidelines for environmentally responsible university business travel, and we have invited philosophy departments, centres and organisations to sign-up to the Scheme.

The Guidelines are intended to reduce overall the air travel amongst the community of philosophers working in the UK. The guidelines and a list of subscribing institutions can be found here, and subscribing institutions are encouraged to demonstrate their committment to these principles by displaying the BPA Environment logo on their webpages.


Casual and temporary staff

A Guide for Philosophers in Non-Permanent Employment in the UK: This guide is aimed at all those either planning to work or currently working in non-permanent employment in the UK, including those on teaching only contracts, short-term teaching and research contracts, and those in post-doctoral positions. Its purpose is to provide information and advice for academics in non-permanent employment on the issues they may face, and how they can address them. 

Improving Careers in Philosophy: This document outlines some of the problems surrounding working conditions and career progression that are faced by casual and temporary staff working in philosophy departments, and includes a list of proposals that we would like heads of department to consider implementing.

Additional resources



The BPA’s position paper (November 2009) on the assessment of impact in the REF is here. Our July 2010 letter to David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, is here, and his reply is here. We also wrote to the British Academy (June 2010); click here.

Additional resources

  • Results of the HEFCE Impact Pilot Exercise. This website includes feedback from the pilot panels and the institutions taking part, as well as the case studies submitted (the information on English Language and Literature is probably the most relevant to Philosophy).
  • BPA Heads of Department meeting (November 2010): This included a presentation from HEFCE representatives and a discussion. The HEFCE presentation is here, and the notes from the meeting are here (see pp.2-3).