BFWG theme for 2019 / 2020

Educating women to overcome Workplace bias

Dr. Patricia Gillard

Dr. Patricia Gillard the President of the Hunter Branch, NSW,  Australia visits the UK.

BFWG Research Paper Wins Award at Dubai Conference

Dr Gillian Hilton holds her award for best paper in education knowledge with (left) Professor James Ogunleye, University of West London and Professor (Emeritus) David Turner, University of South Wales and Beijing Normal University

Domestic Abuse Bill

MPs debated the second reading of the Domestic Abuse Bill in the House of Commons on 2 October.


Arranged by Lincoln and Lincolnshire LA

July 5th-7th 2019.

BFWG AGM in Lincoln

BFWG President Patrice Wellesley Cole thanks Geeta Desai, President of Graduate Women International at the BFWG AGM in Lincoln 5th – 7th July 2019.

Geeta flew over from New York for this important event prior to The World Conference “Peace through Education” in Geneva at the end of this month.

Research Presentation Day 2019

The prize of £120 was awarded to Kayla Kret (far left), Bioengineering  Research Group, Faculty of Engineering,University of Nottingham.

( Left to right). Jasmit Kaur Phull, JP, President Elect of BFWG,  Dr Elizabeth Poskitt OBE, Patrice Wellesley-Cole, BFWG President at the Graduate Women International Conference in Geneva July 2019.

BFWG House of Lords Seminar

Thursday 14th November 2019

Hosted by The Baroness Byford DBE

2.00 – 3.30pm  Committee Room G (using Black Rod’s Entrance)
3.30 – 5.00pm  Afternoon Tea in The Attlee Room

More details to follow

Educating women to overcome bias at work  – our theme for the year.

During the research on Academic women so many respondents, old and young complained about the biased attitudes at work to the female sex, especially after having children. Out and out bias was freely expressed in places and assumptions made that women were there to make the tea and if they could touch type, they must be the new secretary etc. Many women said that they and men in particular, should be obliged to undergo programmes that challenge conscious and unconscious bias towards women.

So BFWG are looking for women from a variety of professions, outside of Higher Education in any area of employment, who would be willing to talk about their experiences and more importantly asked what can we do to educate women to overcome these often accepted and ignored attitudes.

So BFWG member again we are asking you to step up to the face and become involved as so many of you did last year, doing a great job. Do you know anyone who is involved in training programmes on this subject?

Please let us now if you do as we are also looking for speakers for the AGM and in the new year I will be asking people to listen to stories of bias from women they know. Please, we want another success to put BFWG on the map; do help us, even one story will make a difference to the result. Thank you. Gillian Hilton VP

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Please let us know if we can help publicise any of your upcoming events on the BFWG Facebook page, LinkedIn, Twitter or on the BFWG Website with the help of Gillian ,Sheila, Rebecca, Rosie and Gloria.

The more information we put out there the better we will get known. So let us have any material you have please to show the world what BFWG are doing.

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BFWG Prize (Academic Award) Winners 2019

BFWG Caroline Spurgeon Prize

Katherine Blaker

Urban Studies & Planning Department, University of Sheffield
for research on

Contemporary forms of self-help and mutual aid to meet citizens’ basic needs; a bottom up perspective from a post-industrial community.

Mary Kearney Prize

Eloise Hamilton

Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
for research on

Non-reductive Geometric Invariant Theory and its application to Higgs bundles.

Margaret B Day Prize

Tahmida Huq

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge
for research on

Developing next generation non-toxic layered and 2-dimensional materials for photovoltaics.

First Ruth Bowden Prize

Frances Osis

School of History, University of Glasgow
for research on

The venereal poison: a historic and genomic analysis of eighteenth-century sexual diseases.

Eila Campbell Prize

Sarah Tingey

School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol
for research on

The potential of glacial flour as a novel soil amelioration strategy.

Kathleen Hall Prize

Anna Yakoleva

Division of Virology, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge
for research on

Bypassing the cold-chain: a novel vaccine and biologic delivery platform.

Johnstone & Florence Stoney Prize

Azul Zorzoli

Molecular Biology Division, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee
for research on

The role of rhamnosyltransferases in the biosynthesis of Streptococcus pyogenes’ Group A carbohydrate.

Second Ruth Bowden Prize

Amy Jolly

School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol
for research on

The potential of glacial flour as a novel soil amelioration strategy.

Kathleen Hall Prize

Anna Yakoleva

Division of Virology, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge
for research on

Bypassing the cold-chain: a novel vaccine and biologic delivery platform.

BFWG Visit to The Women’s Library

On Wednesday August 28th 2019 a group of BFWG members met at The School of Economics for a tour of the Women’s Library led by Dr Gillian Murphy, the Curator of the collection.

“Across our heritage collections, we hold extensive archives relating to women and work. These are personal papers of pioneering women who gained entry into different professional fields. There are also peppers of activities sets and campaigning groups who worked to bring equality to the workplace.”

Members were treated to a presentation about the current exhibition, followed by a private viewing of a wide selection of archive materials and photographs.

Dr Gillian Murphy mentioned there is much in the archives on which to base a PhD or other research project.

British Federation of Women Graduates Featured in Girls Who STEM’s “The Best STEM Organizations For Girls & Women”

A BFWG Member’s informal reminisces of the GWI Triennial Conference in Geneva July 25th-28th 2019

( Acknowledgements to Barbara Jackson Canterbury LA).

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What do Marie Stopes (1880-1958, paleobotanist and family planning pioneer), Eleanor Rathbone (1872-1946, MP for the Combined English Universities ) and many promiment women from 1907 to date have in common? 

They were or are all members of BFWG, the British Federation of Women graduates

(formerly the British Federation of University Women).

Join one of the country’s leading 6-0 Organisations which fought for women’s suffrage and still fights for women’s rights and empowers women at home and overseas through education. Affiliated to GWI (Graduate Women International, which has UN consultative status and celebrates its Centenary this year) and UWE (University Women of Europe), you’ll have an international voice and can and will make a difference and will have contact with 54 sister organisations Worldwide.

The BFWG, through its two charities, is one of the largest providers of doctoral scholarships in the country, on the grounds of both need and on academic merit.

Membership benefits also include involvement in and access to projects (this year’s includes a research project interviewing working and retired academics), lectures, seminars such as the popular, annual Westminster Seminar sponsored by a peer or MP, travel, volunteering, a Research Presentations Day, a magazine published three times a year and social events at local level organised by the Associations.

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Women in Academic Life – their stories then and now

We need YOUR HELP please, with a BFWG Research Project to undertake research into the lives of women in academic employment and their experiences.

Much discussion occurs and articles are written over the lack of equity in earnings between women and men, the burdens and expectations placed on women with families, whose ability to move jobs is limited by their partner’s position and by sexism in the workplace.

We invite Independents to be part of this project.
A volunteer from Southern Region Independents is requested to be part of this exciting project.


Chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Northern Ireland are seeking a new Board Member/ARAC Chair for the AHDB.

Applications are welcomed from any candidate who meets the essential criteria for this role.

Application deadline: 22 October.

Defra and the Forestry Commission

Non-Executive Commissioner recruitment

Defra and the Forestry Commission is running a campaign to recruit up to three Non-Executive CommissionersThe Forestry Commission (FC) is a non-Ministerial Government department, headed by a Board of Commissioners. Its mission is to protect and expand England’s forests and woodlands and increase their value to society and the environment.

The campaign is now open with a closing date of 1 November 2019 at 12:00


5000 SEK Scholarship for Swedish students abroad

  • Amount: 5000 SEK per scholarship
  • Applicant: Swedish student abroad and students studying in Sweden
  • Students interested in environmental sustainability or entrepreneurship

Application deadline: 31st of October 2019

Young entrepreneurs are emerging more than ever, and Market Inspector are eager to play a part in developing more of them.

We have announced our decision to offer a £1,000 scholarship to students who have planned to start their own business. We would like to empower young entrepreneurs who, along with education, have nurtured their entrepreneurial dreams.

Details about the application, prerequisites, essays and deadlines are available on the Market Inspector website at Market Inspector – Young Entrepreneur Scholarship.

Application deadline: 31st of October 2019

2019 Awards and prizes competion is now closed

The British Federation of Women Graduates supports and offers a range of awards and prizes each year.

You do not need to be a member to apply for these Awards.

If you would like to know more about the BFWG, please watch our ‘Meet the Management Team’ video.

The BFWG is a diverse organisation aiming to be the voice of women graduates in England and Wales. It is part of a large International Graduate community that promotes the necessity of providing education for women and girls everywhere.

Through education women are empowered to better standards of living and gain their rightful place in building society.

Dr Diya Gupta, winner of the BFWG Barbara Northend Scholarship, which was of great help during the writing up of her PhD thesis.

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