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.

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The cheapest way to join GWI and UWE is to join BFWG where Membership is included!

GWS President Fiona Sutherland and BFWG awardees

The Townswomen’s Guild 90th Anniversary

The Townswomen’s Guild is celebrating their 90th Anniversary and as a token of her contribution TWG has made Patrice Wellesley -Cole an Honorary Member and awarded her a badge.

Memorandum of Understanding

The University of Chester renews their Memorandum of Understanding with BFWG. Canon Professor Timothy Wheeler and Professor Cynthia Burek.

Feminist News - December 2019

EWL welcomes European Parliament resolution calling the EU to access the Istanbul Convention

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

Would you like to help?


–  With great regret, due to current circumstances, both The BFWG Northern Regional Meeting on Saturday 25th April in Huddersfield and The BFWG Central Regional Meeting, on Saturday 25th April, are cancelled.

– Our BFWG AGM FROM 17th-19th July 2020 at Denman College is cancelled.

– Our Research Presentations Day on May 2nd 2020 is cancelled.

UWE Conference & AGM

Save the date!

17th – 20th September 2020

We are pleased to invite you to the UWE Conference and AGM in Paris.

Academic Women and the Challenges they face – their stories then and now.

Research from the British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) highlights the problem areas

Nominations for Office 2020

Margaret Middlemass
Vice President

Proposer Leeds LA
Seconder Norwich & Norfolk LA

Alys Blakeway
Trustee, Sybil Campbell Trust

Appointed by Trustees

Caroline de Silva
Trustee, Sybil Campbell Trust

Appointed by Trustees

Additional VP

Yvonne Makwali
Eastern Region Rep

Proposer Greater London
Seconder Canterbury

Central Region Rep

Jennie Landsberg
Chair / Finance

Agreement to carry on as no other person forthcoming. Change of constitution needed.

Gail Sagar
Eastern Region Alternate

Proposer Greater London
Seconder Canterbury

Aisha Alshawaf
Ffwg Governor

Proposer Canterbury LA
Seconder Winchester LA

Bias in the workplace

our next project

Can you help?

We are looking for women who have suffered bias in the workplace, conscious or unconscious, as we intend to conduct case studies of women’s experiences of this and how education about bias could/did help in overcome it.

We want women from the UK in all walks of life – but not from Academia as we have many examples already from Higher Education who told their stories.

  • Have you or someone you know suffered?
  • Was any training offered and did it help?
  • Are you a trainer or know of one offering programmes to industry/business on this problem?

If you can help please contact your Local Association of BFWG, or one of our Independent members. Visit the Members page for details of LAs or email

A guide to conducting the case study interview is in preparation and awaiting the approval of our Research Ethics Committee. We can assure confidentiality, as no names or places or work will be mentioned.


Can you offer to do a case study interview of someone you know, or someone who we put you in touch with?

The more offers of help we receive to conduct one interview, the less work for individuals and we hope to have as successful a result as for the former project on Academic Women.

Thanking you in advance!!
Gillian Hilton VP

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.

BFWG Awards

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

FfWG Emergency Grants

FfWG also offers Emergency Grants in May and September for Ph.D. students who face an unforeseen financial crisis (not fees).  Closing date May Eligibility: must be studying at an approved institution.

International Fellowships

GWI International Fellowships are awarded by GWI to Ph.D. graduates for postgraduate research, study and training.   The Hegg Hoffet Fund assists graduates who been displaced as a result of war, political upheaval or emergency.

Research Presentation Day

RPD Day is an event that gives 3rd Year Ph.D. students of any discipline studying at a British University the chance to compete for £120 Prize.

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

Help us to promote your next event…

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.

If you have short reports of a great event that are suitable, plus photos and permission to use them please send them to: (Facebook, Twitter) (BFWG Website) (LinkedIn)

2019 Westminster Seminar

On 14th November, members of BFWG gathered from across the country to attend the Westminster Seminar sponsored this year by Baroness Hazel Byford DBE.

The BFWG President welcomed everyone and introduced the Baroness who was involved for many years with the WRVS (Women’s Royal Voluntary Service) and was also lay canon at Leicester Cathedral, Master of the Worshipful Company of Farmers and a member of the House of Lords since 1996.

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.

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”

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The British Federation of Women Graduates brings women together locally, nationally and internationally and helps women worldwide to exercise their right to education and economic independence.

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BFWG needs you!

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!

Grants & Awards

King’s College London

Africa International PGR Scholarships

Do you have research interests that relate to Africa?
Could you take an interdisciplinary approach to your research?

Applications are invited from international students from Africa for three full scholarships to undertake a full-time PhD at King’s College London starting in 2020/21. Funding is available for up to 4 years.

Full details and how to apply can be found HERE

Closing Date: Apply for the scholarship by no later than 1 April 2020

Birkbeck University of London

Diversity100 PhD Studentships

Birkbeck is offering five studentships for PhD students starting their studies in Autumn 2020. These scholarships actively address under-representation at the highest level of research, and encourage BAME students to consider academic research in all disciplines.

Full details and how to apply can be found HERE

Closing Date: The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 11 May, 2020.

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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