The British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS) was founded in 1975 as a learned society and professional organization on a non-profit-making basis. Its aims are to nurture, cultivate and advance the teaching and research in Jewish culture and history in all its aspects within Higher Education in the British Isles.
BAJS initiates and supports research and publication in the field of Jewish Studies:
- BAJS organizes an annual scholarly conference in July
- BAJS supports students through bursaries for conference attendance and organises two annual student essay competitions, one for undergraduates and one for postgraduates
- BAJS co-ordinates an annual survey of Jewish Studies programmes and related courses in the UK
- BAJS campaigns for an adequate representation of the interdisciplinary nature of Jewish Studies in Britain (REF, funding, etc.)