The formation of the BUIRA

The British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) was founded in 1950.

Initially entitled the Inter-University Study Group in Industrial Relations, the name of BUIRA has been adopted since 1967. During its early years the association served mainly as a network for the exchange of ideas at an annual meeting.

BUIRA still hosts its annual conference, but the association also supports a wider set of activities, including a vibrant doctoral network, a series of thematic study groups and occasional publications.

Since it was first established, BUIRA is overseen by a President of the Association, a team of Stewards (currently including officers with responsibility for communications, membership and financing) and an Executive (with members elected every three years).


Berridge, J. and Goodman, J.F.B. (1988) The British Universities Industrial Relations Association: The first 35 years, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 26: 155-177