BFWG - British Federation of Women Graduates

The British Federation of Women Graduates

BFWG, founded in 1907, is a leading Graduate Women’s Organisation in England and Wales.

We are affiliated to GWI (Graduate Women International) and UWE (University Women of Europe)

In a spirit of friendship...

We bring women from all generations together - locally, nationally and internationally and our Local Associations offer full monthly programmes.

We help women worldwide to exercise their right to education and economic independence.

Through its two charities BFWG Scholarships and FfWG (Funds for Women Graduates) we offer financial support to Third year PhD students of any nationality studying at British Universities.

We also hold an annual Research Presentations Day Competition.

Join Us

Are you a woman graduate with a university degree or equivalent diploma, licence or certificate from an institution of higher learning?
Sarah Claydon BFWG

Sarah Claydon

BFWG Administrator

For any enquiries please contact us at

BFWG, 4 Mandeville Courtyard,
142 Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 4NB

Would you welcome support from women of all ages?

Krista McLennan - BFWG

Krista talks about the support and friendship found in the BFWG...

Jean Soper

Jean describes what first attracted her to join BFWG…

The BFWG Management Team

Jasmit Phull BFWG

Jasmit Kaur Phull JP

Carrie de Silva BFWG

Margaret Middlemass

Vice President
Ann Scott BFWG

Ann Scott

Vice President

Adele Gardner BFWG

Adele Gardner

Vice President

Just as we begin to enjoy the freedom of moving out of our homes after the pandemic, we are deeply saddened to hear what is happening in Ukraine.

BFWG stands in solidarity with Ukraine and our thoughts are with people in the Ukraine.

Women's Rights in Afghanistan

BFWG, in common with many other organisations and governments across the world, is gravely concerned about the situation for women in Afghanistan. Jasmit Phull, the President of BFWG, has written to the Prime Minister and to the leaders of the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties to urge that action is taken to support and uphold women’s rights in Afghanistan.

The President's letter to the Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister,

I am writing on behalf of British Federation of Women Graduates, an organisation which promotes women’s opportunities in education and public life,  and works with Graduate Women International to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide. We watch with increasing concern Afghan women and girls fearing for their lives and for their human rights including access to quality education in school and higher education institutions. We hear of the extreme anxiety of working women, particularly those working in the professions and Academia.

Over the past 17 years Afghan media have flourished. Around 2000 media outlets have been functioning with an estimated 12,000 working journalists of whom 2000 are women. The freedom to work in the creative industries in now likely to be under threat for Afghan women. This means that the voices of Afghan women are less likely to be heard around the world.

Members of British Federation of Women Graduates are increasingly concerned at what is happening in Afghanistan and horrified at the potential treatment of women and girls there. We are asking the government to use their power and all practical means to prevent these human rights violations. Women and girls need help now. We urge you to act in all ways possible and to do so swiftly.

Most respectfully,

Jasmit Phull JP

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BFWG Younger Member's Group

If you’re interested in joining, please get in touch with the Group’s Co-ordinator, Natalie Wright, at

Younger Members' Group

The Younger Members’ Group is a thriving initiative to bring together members in their forties and under within the BFWG nationwide. Their activities include:

  • Monthly Zoom Talks and Workshops with expert speakers
  • Buddy Scheme pairing younger members with members more established in their careers
  • Networking and Social Events, hopefully in person soon - watch this space!

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Join Us

Are you a woman graduate with a university degree or equivalent diploma, licence or certificate from an institution of higher learning?


BFWG Prizes are awarded in competition to female 3rd Year Ph.D. students of any nationality studying at a British University

Members enjoying tea in The Attlee room at The House of Lords

Baroness Jay sponsored one of our annual House of Lords Seminars

Interaction at the House of Lords Seminar

Join BFWG as a member of a Local Association or as an Independent member and you automatically become a member of the Graduate Women International (GWI) and the University Women of Europe (UWE)

Graduate Women International
University Women of Europe