The British Undergraduate Philosophy Society (BUPS) was founded early in 2005 to respond to the lack of a communication platform linking students from different universities. The society was initially centred around mailing lists, but its activities have since grown to include the organisation of conferences and the publishing of its own journal, the British Journal of Undergraduate Philosophy (BJUP).
BUPS now has hundreds of readers and conference delegates coming from universities across the UK, and sometimes even from abroad. All students taking an undergraduate course in philosophy are automatically members of BUPS, and except for conference tickets it is completely free.
The main event of the BUPS year is our bi-annual conference, which hosts speakers from among the national undergraduate philosophy community, and well-known keynote speakers from across the world.
All papers delivered at the conference are published in our journal, which also accepts papers directly for publication. The journal is published bi-annually, and comes out around a month before the conference, giving delegates time to digest the papers.
We also run the National Undergraduate Philosophy Calendar (NUPC), which is accessible by every undergraduate philosopher in the UK, and updatable by every departmental philosophy society involved with BUPS. This gives philosophy societies the opportunity to advertise their events to a wide audience, and our members the opportunity to access philosophy events nationwide.