Engaging the public in our research

Our academics and students are regularly involved in events and projects with the general public. The department has strong links with many schools and community groups across the city and has worked on various philosophy education outreach projects.


Our members of staff write public-facing articles and books, for example:


We regularly have public-facing events that we organise or talk at, for example in 2019-20:

See further information on our past events pages.

We also run various longer-term projects, for example:

Widening participation activities

Thinking Philosophically

In spring 2020, we ran a series of classes on "Thinking Philosophically" open to all adults at the Barton Hill Settlement as a collaboration between University of Bristol and Bristol Best Tuition. The aim was to provide people with an introduction to the sort of philosophy that you study at university.

Philosophy at IDEAL community action

From 2013 to 2019, the department worked closely with IDEAL community action, a charity that works with adults from backgrounds of addiction and chaos. Members of the department ram weekly sessions with adults at IDEAL, on courses entitled, “Introduction to Philosophy: Who are you and what do you believe?” “Being Human” and “The Art of Living”.

Engagement with Schools

Philosophy of Science in Science Education

This project has involved creating philosophy of science resources for science teachers, in collaboration with science teachers and educators in Bristol.

The ‘Thinking Science’ resources come in the form of questions designed to provoke thinking and discussion, to consolidate and extend core curriculum knowledge and understanding. The topics link to the KS3 National Curriculum and cover physics, chemistry, biology and working scientifically.

For more information and to download the resources see the Thinking Science webpage

Bristol Philosophy Exchange

The Bristol Philosophy Exchange has been running since 2013, and in that time has worked with over one thousand pupils in local primary schools. Philosophy undergraduates are trained and work closely with class teacher to facilitate philosophical enquiries, using the Philosophy for Children (P4C) educational approach.

Philosophy in Secondary School

Throughout 2016 and in Spring 2017, the department ran a philosophy lunchtime club at St Katherine’s School, Pill. In Autumn 2017, the department worked with Fairfield High School, delivering a series of philosophy sessions for a small group of Year 8 and 9 pupils. The sessions culminated with a visit to the University, where pupils had the opportunity to meet a philosophy lecturer and undergraduates. 

Other projects

Thinking About AI

This projects promotes thinking about artificial intelligence, big data and robotics among the local community, particularly focusing on young people and schoolchildren to explore their understanding and views on the technology that will impact their lives in the future. The aim is to increase young people’s skills to understand and critically reflect on the impact of this technology, whilst also generating knowledge of how people think about technology that can be shared with the engineering community.

School teachers and philosophers discuss science education
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