Nottingham Pulls Out of PGR (see 2nd Update from Nottingham)


The Department of Philosophy at the University of Nottingham has issued a statement asking to not be included in the Philosophical Gourmet Report while Brian Leiter has a leading or advisory role in it. Here is the statement:

We are concerned, as a department, about the recent behaviour of Professor Brian Leiter, editor of the Philosophical Gourmet Report, towards other members of our profession.

As a department, we hereby request that our department not be evaluated as part of any future edition of the Philosophical Gourmet
Report, whilst that edition is edited by (or is co-edited by, is advised by, or has on its advisory panel) Professor Leiter.

As a department, we will not use our ranking in previous editions of the Philosophical Gourmet Report as part of our future advertising, including on our website, and at undergraduate and postgraduate open days.

UPDATE: Brian Leiter writes in to add: “They can’t ‘pull out.’ This is what I told Jonathan Tallant, he said they would post that…. The PGR has always evaluated faculties based on their likelihood to be in the top cohort in their region of the world (that would be ‘top 15’ in the UK). Departments can request to opt in, but they can’t request to opt out. That has been the standing policy since the PGR assumed its current form nearly fifteen years ago, and it is based on the idea that it serves the interests of prospective students to know how the best programs in their region of the world compare with others. Consistent with that policy, if there is a 2014-15 PGR, Nottingham would be included for evaluation.


UPDATE 2 (10/3/14): Mark Jago (Nottingham) writes in with the following update and request:

The Philosophy Department at the University of Nottingham recently requested of Professor Leiter that we not be evaluated as a part of the PGR, given the current editorial arrangements. Our original statement is hereWe were, however, dismayed to learn from Professor Leiter that current PGR policy means that departments cannot make such a requests.

With his permission, we quote Professor Leiter here (our italics):

“The PGR has always evaluated faculties based on their likelihood to be in the top cohort in their region of the world (that would be ‘top 15’ in the UK).  Departments can request to opt in, but they can’t request to opt out. That has been the standing policy since the PGR assumed its current form nearly fifteen years ago, and it is based on the idea that it serves the interests of prospective students to know how the best programs in their region of the world compare with others. Consistent with that policy, if there is a 2014-15 PGR, Nottingham would be included for evaluation.”

We acknowledge that we have no control over who ranks us and by what criteria.

Nonetheless, we would like to have our request respected, and so we ask that Professor Leiter and Professor Brogaard (if appropriate, in consultation with the advisory board) consider a revision to PGR policy in order to respect such requests, and that our request be evaluated in light of this revised policy.

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