The BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme

The British Philosophical Association and Society for Women in Philosophy (UK) are pleased to announce the launch of our Good Practice Scheme. The Scheme aims to assist 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.


Subscribing institutions

See our list of departments, learned societies, journals and research projects that have committed to implementing and maintaining the Good Practice Scheme recommendations.



Good Practice Scheme documents and resources 

  • General guidance
  • Download all the documents as one file (but please don’t forget to click the links below for additional information and resources): pdf / Word

For departments:

For research project leaders

For learned societies

For journal editors

How the Scheme works

  • Departments (or equivalent units), learned societies and journal editorial boards consider whether and how to implement the recommendations.
  • If they decide to implement the recommendations, they come up with a clear plan for implementing the recommendations, with timescale.
  • They alert the BPA so that a central list of participating institutions can be kept. They are then also free to advertise their participation (and use the GPS logo) on their own website, in promotional literature, etc.
  • There will be no oversight or auditing by the BPA or SWIP. We rely on the institutions themselves to ensure that they stick to their own implementation plans and, once complete, continue to implement the recommendations. If members of participating institutions (including staff, students, learned society members, etc.) are not convinced that the recommendations are being adequately implemented, we encourage them to raise the problem with the Head of Department, Director of learned society, or journal editor (as appropriate) in the first instance.