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Philosophy Centre

1. Philosophy Faculty Centre at Radcliffe Humanities

All matters relating to access to, use and occupation of the Radcliffe Humanities building are subject to regulation by the Management Committee and the Philosophy Faculty Board. The Management Committee has the following membership: the Curator, the Faculty Administrator, the Librarian of the Philosophy Library, and two members of the Faculty: one with an office in the Centre and one other. The Curator acts as Chairman of the Committee. The Committee meets once a term, usually in 0th week (the week before Full Term begins). Any person with an office in the Radcliffe Humanities building is entitled to attend.

The Philosophy Centre is not a department and does not function as one. The administrative staff based at Radcliffe Humanities building are happy to answer enquiries concerning the Faculty and facilities in the building. Enquiries concerning the Library should be addressed to the Library staff.

Toilets can be found on every floor. There is a disabled toilet on every floor too. Smoking is not permitted in any part of the building.

The Radcliffe Humanities building was formerly The Radcliffe Infirmary and forms part of the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (ROQ).

2. Opening Hours

The Centre is open from 7.00am to 8.00pm, Monday to Friday, and 8.00am to 2.00pm on Saturday during term and 9.30am to 4.30pm in other weeks. The administrative offices are usually closed between 1pm and 2pm.  The Centre is sometimes open, by arrangement, for evening meetings and weekend events, or when the Library has longer hours. The Library is also open on Saturday mornings during Full Term, between 10.00am and 1.00pm Full details of the library opening hours are available here.

The Centre closes for about 10 days at Christmas and Easter, and for five weeks in the summer, from the beginning of August to early September. Vacation hours are published in the University Gazette.

3. Access

Wheelchair access to Radcliffe Humanities is available through the front automated doors. Detailed information about provision and sources of assistance, including the University’s Access Guide, which gives details about the accessibility of most University buildings, can be found at Local information on access and resources can be found on the Philosophy Faculty web-site at Further information and advice are available from the University Disability Co-ordinator, Deborah Popham, Tel: (2)89824, E-mail: The Disability Support Co-ordinator for the Philosophy Faculty is Dr Hilla Wait, Tel: (2)76927, E-mail:

4. Out-of-Hours Access Scheme

The Faculty operates a scheme whereby graduate students in Philosophy can register to use the building outside of normal opening hours. Access to the Library is not available outside of normal opening hours, and access to the building during the fixed closed periods is not allowed. Further details about the scheme can be obtained by contacting the Administrator.

5. Academic Staff

Most members of the Faculty’s academic staff have offices in their colleges. Only the following have offices at Radcliffe Humanities building:

Professor Harvey Brown, Professor of Philosophy of Physics

Professor Simon Saunders, Professor of Philosophy of Science

6. Administrative and IT Support Staff

The following administrative and IT support staff are based at Radcliffe Humanities or in the Faculty’s satellite offices in Suites 7 and 8 of Littlegate House, St Ebbes’ where the Faculty’s research centres are located.

Rachael Sanders (, (01865 2) 76928)

Faculty Administrator & Secretary to the Faculty Board

Contact for all issues relating to the business of the Faculty or Faculty Board, academic recruitment, special lectures, applications for leave and external research funding, review of appointments, appraisal, changes to regulations.

Catriona Hopton (, (01865 2) 76934)

Assistant Administrator

Contact for issues relating to staff recruitment - in particular for casual, research and administrative appointments - and personnel matters in general.

James Knight (, (01865 2) 76925)

Undergraduate Studies Officer

Contact for all issues relating to the business of the Undergraduate Studies Committee, the lecture list and timetable, room bookings, undergraduate examining and undergraduate handbooks.

Iris Geens (, (01865 2) 76933)

Academic Administrator of Graduate Studies

Contact for all issues relating to the business of the Graduate Studies Committee, graduate supervision, graduate classes, graduate procedures (transfer or status, confirmation of status, appointment of examiners, etc), graduate handbooks, examining of taught graduate courses, the Graduate Teaching Scheme and the Graduate Teaching Register, and the Placement Scheme.

Sally Baume (, (01865 2) 76933)

Graduate Studies Assistant

The Graduate Studies Assistant provides full-time dedicated support to the Academic Administrator for Graduate studies and together these two posts support all aspects of the Faculty's graduate programmes.

Emma Brant (, (01865 2) 86203)

Finance Officer

Contact for all issues relating to finance, including expense claims and research grants.

Andy Davies (, (01865 2) 86202)

Inter-Faculty Head of IT

Contact for all issues relating to IT, including grants for IT equipment, the Philosophy website and individual web pages.

David Gridley (, (01865 6) 15347)

IT Officer

Contact for all issues relating to IT support. 

David Allen (, (01865 2) 86200)

IT Assistant

Contact for all issues relating to IT support.

Annelies Lawson (,  (01865 2) 76926)

Administrative Assistant

Contact for general enquiries and all issues relating to secretarial/clerical support, academic visitors, visiting philosophers and with requests to circulate notices to the Faculty's email lists.

Deborah Sheehan (, (01865 2) 86888)

Administrator of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics

Contact for all issues relating to the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. Deborah is based in Suite 8 of Littlegate House, St Ebbes’.

Miriam Wood ( (01865 2) 86888)

Administrator of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics

Contact for all issues relating to the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics and the AHRC Project on Science and Religious Conflict. The Administrator of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics is based in Suite 8 of Littlegate House, St Ebbes’.

Rachel Gaminiratne (, (01865 2) 86279)

James Martin Projects Officer (0.66FTE)

Contact for all issues relating to the Philosophy projects within the James Martin 21st Century School (the Future of Humanity Institute, and the Programme on Ethics of the New Biosciences). Rachel is based in Suite 8 of Littlegate House, St Ebbes’.

The Faculty’s Administrative staff are happy to answer any query concerning the Faculty or the facilities in the building. Enquiries concerning the Philosophy Library should be addressed to the Library staff (

7. Philosophy Library

The Philosophy Library is the principal source of philosophy books for loan in the University, complementing the more extensive reference collection of the Bodleian Library. The Philosophy Library holds over 27,000 books and periodicals, plus reading lists and examination papers, and offers informed access to many reference sources and databases such as the Philosophers’ Index and a growing collection of electronic philosophy texts. The University’s own library catalogue, OLIS, is networked through the University and can be accessed via SOLO, the search and discovery tool for the Oxford Libraries'.

Academic visitors and graduate students may borrow books and periodicals; undergraduates may borrow books only. Click here for more borrowing details.

A University Card is required for access to the Library.

8. Library Staff

Telephone: (01865 2)76927

9. Ryle Room and Lecture Room

The Lecture Room is on the second floor and seats 60. The Ryle Room is on the first floor and seats 30. These rooms may be used for lectures and classes by members of the Faculty and other authorised persons, for meetings of recognised societies, or for such other purposes as the Management Committee may approve from time to time. Rooms should be booked in advance; please contact the Undergraduate Studies Officer. Priority will be given to lectures and seminars.

In all cases where rooms are in use after the building has closed, the lecturer or an officer of the society must be responsible for closing windows, turning off lights, checking that all persons have left the building, and ensuring that the building is left locked and secure. No food or drink may be taken into or consumed in these rooms.

10. Common Room

The Common Room is available during opening hours for all users of the building and members of staff. In the kitchen opposite the Common Room, there is a drinks machine selling tea, coffee and hot chocolate, and a cold spring water dispenser..

11. Offices and Private Rooms

These may only be used by those members of the Faculty, staff, and academic visitors to whom they are assigned by the Management Committee.

12. Parking

There is no off-street parking available for building users or staff. There is a cycle rack to the side of the building for use by those attending lectures or using the Library. Cycles must only be left in cycle racks provided.

13. Photocopying and Secretarial Services

Members of the Faculty may have typing and photocopying done by the secretarial staff for the purposes of teaching and research. Holders of college appointments and academic visitors who are not members of the Faculty may also use this service, but members of the Faculty have priority. Photocopying facilities are available on the ground floor for members of the Faculty to use themselves, by arrangement with the administrative staff. Charged photocopying facilities for all other users of the building are available on the first floor, in a small room next to the Lecture Room; cards can be purchased from the Library staff. Copying of books and journals is subject to the regulations of the Copyright Licensing Agency.

14. Computing Facilities

Graduate students and academic visitors may register with the IT Officer to use the Graduate Study Room at Radcliffe Humanities and may then use their University card to access the room via the salto proximity reader. The room contains four PCs and one Mac, which are connected to the University network and can access the World Wide Web and local resources such as OxLIP. Software includes Microsoft Office XP (including Word, Excel and Access), Adobe Acrobat to create documents for publishing on the web, and Adobe Photoshop and CorelDraw for graphics work. The room also contains a photocopier (for printing and scanning), a binding machine and space for using  laptops. For further information, please contact In addition, there are many reader workstations situated throughout the Philosophy Library  including three in the new Computing Resources Room, which also has a printer and mains and ethernet sockets for students who want to use their own laptops in the building. For further information, please contact Oxford University Computing Service at 13 Banbury Road provides extensive computing facilities for the University’s staff, students and visitors and can register visitors who have brought their own machines, for use of the electronic mailing network. Application forms are available from the Help Area at OUCS, and must be countersigned by a senior member of the University. If academic visitors wish to use other facilities available in the Computing Service, the Faculty Administrator can provide a letter confirming their status.

There is an OWL wireless network running throughout Radcliffe Humanities Building. Those wishing to connect should contact the IT Officer or Assistant IT Officer for guidance.

15. Telephones

In the event of an emergency calls can be made from the telephone on the janitor’s desk, in the top-left corner of the entrance hall.

16. Post

The nearest Post Office is on Walton St. There is a post box on Woodstock Road, opposite St Giles’ church by the corner of Little Clarendon St. Internal mail for colleges and departments within the University may be left with the Secretarial Assistant; the University messenger collects and delivers twice a day at approximately 10.30am and 2.30pm. Post which arrives for academic visitors and other persons who are not members of the Faculty will be placed in the visitors’ pigeonhole in the photocopier room for collection, or forwarded to the relevant college, if this is known. No undertaking to forward mail to external addresses can be made.

17. Notice-boards

The notice-boards on the groung floor carry official University and Faculty notices, information about current lectures and classes, notices of meetings and conferences, lists of members of the Faculty, visiting philosophers and general events taking place in Oxford. If you want to post a notice or need a copy of anything posted on any of the boards, please ask a member of the administrative staff. Most notices posted on the boards are also circulated to the Faculty’s emailing lists - if you would like to join, please send an e-mail to

18. Lecture Lists

Copies of the Philosophy Lecture List and the Lectures Prospectus, which gives brief descriptions of each lecture, generally become available in 0th week (the week before Full Term begins). Graduate students and academic visitors can obtain copies from the Library. Any alterations to the Lecture List will be posted on the notice-board on the ground floor, on the Philosophy and central University websites. Lecture lists for other faculties can also be found online.

19. Publications

The Faculty publishes a series of bibliographies and monographs, which can be purchased from the Secretarial Assistant. A full list of titles and prices is available on request.

20. Lost property

The Management Committee can take no responsibility for personal property left on the premises. Please contact a member of the administrative staff if you need to recover lost property.

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