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News and events

Our news and events section contains the latest information about our research, publications and conferences, as well as the activities of our staff and students.

You can get in contact via our e-mail enquiry form if you have any questions regarding your course.

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Useful forms and documents

Useful information

  • How we communicate with you

    We will normally contact you via e-mail so please check your email everyday. We will use e-mail to notify you if a lecture, class, or seminar has been postponed or cancelled, as well as to advertise School events and other opportunities.

    Official letters will be sent to your contact (term-time) address and via email. Please make sure your contact details are up-to-date. You can change your contact details using the myEssex student web portal.

    You can also keep up-to-date with news and events by following our Philosophy at Essex Facebook page, as well as regularly checking our news feed, seminar pages, and notice boards.

  • Reference request

    Providing references for current and former students is an important service we provide. It enhances your employability by giving personalised endorsements of character and achievements related to positions and study programmes you are applying to. Please use our reference request form (.pdf) and make sure you ask staff members with plenty of time in advance of when the reference is needed.

    If you are a final year student, applying for grants from funding bodies to support graduate study, please check that your referees are available to write references at the required time. Deadlines often fall during the Easter vacation when staff may be away from the University.

    We aim to provide a reference for graduates up to three years after they the University. It may be possible to receive a reference after this time if a member of staff has the necessary information and is willing to provide a reference. Where no individual member of staff is able to supply a reference, we may be able to provide factual statements, including attendance dates and marks, from our office records .

    A copy of all references will be retained within our School for a period of six years following the date on which the reference was written (ten years in the case of research students).

  • Reading week

    Reading week is normally week 8 in the autumn term and week 21 in the spring term. No lectures or classes take place during reading week, unless you are notified by your lecturer or class teacher. If a member of staff has missed a lecture or class due to illness, or for any other reason, reading week may be used to catch up on that missed session.

  • Philosophy societies

    Philosophy Society

    This is a student-run society that provides a friendly environment for the practice of philosophical discussion and debate. The society holds regular meetings and social events. If you would like to join the Philosophy Society, or get involved in its organisation, please email:

    Essex Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) Group

    The Essex Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) Group is an informal student-led organisation which seeks both to raise awareness of, and think of ways of addressing, the underrepresentation of women in philosophy.

  • Gender Equality

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			Philosophy UK 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 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.

    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.

    Read our Good Practice Policy Implementation Plan for more information:


  • Common rooms

    We have two common rooms, 5B.137 and 6.143 (Thomas’ room), open from 9am - 5pm. Hot and cold drinks are available in both and you are welcome to use these to relax and meet informally with fellow students and staff. We also use these rooms for various events during the year, the details of which are displayed on the booking sheet on the door.



Mini courses

Every year we invite distinguished philosophers from around the world to give minicourses to our students at Essex.



We run a regular programme of philosophy seminars featuring invited speakers that allow you to expand your horizons beyond the modules you take for your course.

Renée's blog


Renée is a PhD student, working on Nietzsche and philosophy of religion. Her blog chronicles her life as a student in the Department, as well as anything philosophical that interests her.

Doctoral training


Proficio is our innovative doctoral training scheme. Our University gives you funding to spend on a variety of courses, from research skills to personal development and career management.