Our Roots

The BPPA is a volunteer association of postgraduate philosophy students in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The association was formed as a way to provide an active community of support and advice to young philosophers, bridging geographical boundaries between their different universities and departments, and make contact with each other. The BPPA is best known for its Annual Conference and Careers Advice Day, and the twice-yearly Masterclasses.


As a community of philosophers, we widely support all initiatives to increase the diversity within the subject area, and welcome all postgraduate philosophers to use the BPPA and benefit from its services.


Please feel free to browse our website and get in touch with your comments. Follow us on facebook for up-to-date news, or email us at with any enquiries. The committee look forward to hearing from you; let us know what we can do for you!



COVID-19 has hit the world like a tsunami and has taken everyone by surprise with lockdown measures taking place across the world. However, we at the BPPA care deeply about your well-being and have thought of two ways to support you through these difficult times.

Firstly, we have set up a webpage with some practical tips on well-being as well as resources on how to get through these challenging times.

Secondly, we thought that taking the time to offer some philosophical reflection on the current situation might be useful both intellectually and psychologically. Therefore, we welcome written entries from postgraduate philosophy students from across the UK and the Republic of Ireland on anything related to these unprecedented times.

For example, you could write something on how you are coping, strategies that work (or don’t), how to stimulate thoughts or attain clarity during isolation. Or you could comment on the ethical issues revealed during lockdown or the epistemic virtues and vices of alternative versus mainstream news. Subject to approval, whatever the topic, we would love to hear from you, to read and publish your quality blog entries.

We will then publish your entry here on our website and may advertise your blog to our followers on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. Entries could be anything from 500 to 2,000 words. We are also willing to offer accepted entries detailed comments and feedback - who knows it could help you develop your idea for a journal article (if applicable). Why not have a go! Submit entries to

Meanwhile, we hope you find the COVID-19 well-being resources page helpful! Check it out here.

BPPA Executive Committee


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Executive Committee

Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our team of postgraduates is the backbone of the British Postgraduate Philosophical Association (BPPA). Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop, supporting postgraduates across the UK and Ireland. Read on to learn more about our dedicated executive committee members.

Sean M. Costello


Sean M. Costello is a postgraduate philosophy student and a recipient of the Senior Scholarship at Hertford College, University of Oxford. His research focuses on exploring the psychological and metaphysical ideas in Anaxagoras, the middle dialogues of Plato, and, especially, Aristotle. His thesis, which he is writing under the supervision of Professor Anna Marmodoro, concerns Aristotle’s understanding of φαντασία. As President of the BPPA, he sits on the Executive Committee of the British Philosophical Association and is leading the initiative to democratize and revitalize our organization in order to best represent all postgraduate students in philosophy across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Leia Hopf

Vice President/ Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Leia is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Bristol. Her primary interests are in ethics and political philosophy and her research concerns are in distributive justice issues in education. As the Inclusion and Diversity Officer she makes sure that our events conform to the BPA /SWIP Good Practice Scheme and the BPA /SWIP Guidelines for Accessible Conferences.

Tommy Zhang

Outreach Officer

Tommy is a first-year masters student at the University of St. Andrews and Stirling philosophy programme. At St. Andrews, he is also the MLitt student representative and the MAP MLitt representative. His primary academic interests are in metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of perception. As the Outreach Officer, he helps to facilitate a working relationship between the BPPA and the postgraduate student representatives at all universities in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Eri Mountbatten-O’Malley

Communications & Development Officer

Eri is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at Edge Hill University. His PhD thesis is a conceptual analysis of human flourishing and his academic interests are in human nature, understanding, concepts and normativity. He also teaches about educational concepts in the context of topical social issues within the faculty of education at Edge Hill. His BPPA committee responsibilities are firstly, to help to ensure that the key messages for BPPA are getting out to members and relevant stakeholders and secondly, to support the President and executive with organisational developments.


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