BACS is supported primarily by its income from membership fees, plus occasional grants for specific projects from UK sources. Anyone interested in supporting China Studies in Britain is encouraged to join. If you require further information contact the BACS Secretary.


What we do for our members

•    We promote your interests and those of the broader field in response to UK government initiatives (such as the Research Excellence Framework and Quality Assurance Agency) and in communication with major funding bodies (such as HEFCE, ESRC, AHRC and the British Academy).

•    We liaise on your behalf with the UK Council of Area Studies Associations and other subject associations, the China Library Group, China-related representative offices and government departments.

•    We keep you in touch with the field through our BACS Annual Bulletin, which contains a list of members, institutional updates, recent publications in Chinese Studies and other news.

•    We offer you discounted attendance rates for the BACS Annual Conference and other academic events such as the Joint East Asian Studies conference held every three years in cooperation with the British Associations of Japanese Studies (BAJS) and Korean Studies (BAKS).

•    Our active mailing list,, provides you with regular information on China-related events, conferences, job opportunities and research funding schemes.


What we do for the broader community

•    We disseminate cutting-edge academic research in Chinese Studies through our peer-reviewed E-journal The British Journal of Chinese Studies (BJoCS).

•    We administer scholarships for teacher training in mainland China (on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of Education) and for language study and research in Taiwan (on behalf of the Taipei Representative Office in the UK).

•    We have a dedicated Schools Liaison Officer who encourages the study of China in schools and colleges across the UK and reports on developments in the National Curriculum and examination levels.

•    We liaise closely with the British Chinese Language Teaching Society (BCLTS), a sub-group of BACS, which aims to improve the teaching of Chinese language in the UK through the sharing of teaching experiences and materials through workshops and symposia.

•    We provide support to the BACS-affiliated China Postgraduate Network (CPN), which organises communications and academic activities for postgraduates in the UK whose research concerns China.

•    We helped to establish and continue to work together with the Association for Speakers of Chinese as a Second Language (ASCSL) in supporting learners of Mandarin Chinese inside and outside academic environments.

•    We engage with employers about their expectations for Chinese Studies graduates and promote the value of a Chinese Studies degree in the workplace.

•    We serve as the overarching body representing all of Chinese Studies across schools, universities, employers and government.


Current annual membership rates are:

Individual £30

Family membership £40

Student and unwaged £8


To apply:

Please email the BACS Treasurer, providing the information below, then send her/him a cheque for the appropriate amount made payable to the ‘British Association for Chinese Studies’ OR request a Standing Order form in your email which the Treasurer will be pleased to send you (this requires a UK bank account).


The current BACS Treasurer is:

Dr Christina Maags
British Association for Chinese Studies
School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield S3 7RA



Please provide the following information (items marked * are essential). The subject of your email should be: ‘BACS Membership’.


*First Name



Address including post code

Phone number

Institutional affiliation (if any)

Discipline or type of academic Interest

*Type of membership:

  • Regular: £30 per year
  • Student: £8 per year
  • Family: £40 per year