Research - Philosophy
The Department of Philosophy is a centre of research excellence.
We have a lively and successful postgraduate programme, with students working on a range of projects that reflect the department's areas of expertise.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The REF is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.
In the REF 2014, the panel graded 69% of the department's research activity as being ‘world leading’, or ‘internationally excellent’, with the remainder all of a quality that is ‘recognised internationally'.
Full REF information
I like to compare philosophy with physical exercise: you need to be disciplined, focused, to have good stamina, and practise it daily. As with regular exercise, you soon see the benefits in students – their minds clearer, their arguments sharper, their insights keener. They slowly become intellectually fit, capable of stronger arguments, able to move heavier ideas – that’s why I like teaching it.
Ian James Kidd, Assistant Professor
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