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

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.

National Council of Women of Great Britain Annual Conference 2019

This year’s Annual Conference was held in Woodland Grange, Leamington Spa between 11-13 October 2019 with the theme:

Women and Justice: Towards A Fairer and Safer World.

Celebrating 100 years of women in Parliament

A new statue honouring Nancy Astor, the first woman MP was unveiled in Plymouth last Thursday by Theresa May, former PM

Safe access to school for all students

On 17th November, International Students’ Day, Graduate Women International calls for
safe access to school for all students

BFWG recruitment visit to Cambridge

BFWG VPS, Dr Gillian Hilton and Gail Sagar at The University of Cambridge recruiting new members this month

Social workers ran my life as a kid in care - now I am one

Read the inspirational story of Kerry Sildatke, Canterbury Local Association’s Keynes prize winner

Photo: Barbara Jackson, Canterbury

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.

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A University of Dundee researcher has been awarded a prestigious science award from the British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG).

Azul Zorzoli, a PhD student from Argentina, has received the Johnstone and Florence Stoney Prize, which recognises outstanding academic excellence in postgraduate researchers.

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

Division of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London

for research on

Investigating working memory impairment after traumatic brain injury

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.

Awards and prizes

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

North West Travel Bursary

BFWG North West offers a bursary by competition of £500 to enable a Ph.D. student to attend a conference relevant to her studies or research.

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

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.

BFWG brings women together locally, nationally and internationally.

Find friends, connections, stimulus and support wherever you are.

Be part of it and us!

Women in Street Names

A British Federation of Women Graduates project to highlight women in street names in the UK and Ireland.

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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