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Widening Participation

The Department of Philosophy is committed to broadening access to philosophy and philosophical thinking both within the context of the university and outside of it. 

Each year, the department takes part in King’s K+ program, which aims to increase access to King’s for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in it. In addition, members of the department visit numerous secondary schools and sixth forms each year in order to introduce students to various philosophical tools and issues. We particularly welcome enquiries from schools which have not in the past regularly sent students to study philosophy at King’s or elsewhere.   

In addition, the Department runs two large-scale projects aimed at broadening access to philosophy. The first of these, King’s Philosophers in Schools, aims to make philosophy available to children in underserved communities.  This project, run in partnership with The Philosophy Foundation, trains 10-12 undergraduate and graduate students per year to offer philosophy seminars to students in our partner schools. The second project, Philosophy in Prison, offers an 8-week course in philosophy to inmates at HMP Bellmarsh.

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