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To: St Mary's University, Twickenham
Please do not close the Philosophy Programme at St Mary's University, Twickenham
We would like to urge St Mary's University not to close it's Philosophy Programme.
Why is this important?
We, the undersigned, urge the management at St Mary’s University not to close its Philosophy Programme, and to continue to offer students the opportunity to take a BA degree in Philosophy.
St Mary’s offers single-honours degrees in Philosophy, as well as some joint-honours degrees with other subjects. It is known locally for its annual series of public lectures sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy, which are well-attended by members of the community. Students and graduates value the discussion and innovative, dialogue-led teaching, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary engagement. These methods promote independence of thought and encourage intellectual curiosity both within and outside the academy.
St Mary’s University has a long-standing tradition of inclusivity, and cites core values such as inclusiveness, generosity of spirit, respect and excellence. The diversity and creativity exemplified in teaching and research by the Philosophy team epitomise these values. Diversity is also reflected in the composition of the team itself (for instance, surpassing the 2011 UK average of just 24% of permanent posts held by women in philosophy). 
By keeping the programme open, the institution have the opportunity to make a statement of intent: St Mary’s upholds the values of inquiry, scholarship and independence of thought; it upholds the value of the arts and humanities for everyone, especially in difficult times; and its support will not waver.
We encourage St Mary’s to take this opportunity.
 Beebee, H. and Saul, J., 2011. Women in Philosophy in the UK: A Report by the British Philosophical Association and the Society for Women in Philosophy UK. Joint BPA/SWIP Committee for Women in Philosophy. http://bpa.ac.uk/uploads/2011/02/BPA_Report_Women_In_Philosophy.pdf