BFWG President Patrice Wellesley-Cole

BFWG President Patrice Wellesley-Cole at SALPACT/ Sierra Leone Poverty Alleviation Charitable Trust fund – raising dinner dance in February in Leeds after being presented with African Excellence award for Achievement in Law.

Gender Equalities Office News

On 18th March, The Minister for Equalities Baroness Williams gave a speech at the LGBT Conference.

For a full transcript of her speech, please click below.

On the Basis of Sex

Carrie de Silva represented BFWG  in a downloadable interview 20/02/19 on ‘Psychologies FB Takeover’ on the occasion of the launch of the new film On the Basis of  Sex which out in cinemas this Friday.

On the Basis of Sex is out in UK and Irish cinemas Friday, 22 February.

Peace through Education

Young Member Workshop and Update from the President

Peace through Education General Assembly, Centenary Celebration and Conference update.

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering a half – day workshop for young members called “Connecting the Power of GWI Young Members” on July 26, 2019.

Careers and Networking Event

Greater London Careers and Networking Event.

Dr Kathy Abbott Banner (Greater London) sharing insights and information about a career in the Pharmaceutical Industry with students from Kings College.

University Women of Europe

Call for three interns to join EWL team in Brussels!

Join the European Women’s Lobby team in Brussels, during the 6 month period March 2019 – August 2019!

European Women’s Lobby is recruiting three paid interns for full time positions focusing on the following particular working areas:

Support to European Political Campaigning
Gender Budgeting
Membership and Communications

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

33rd Triennial General Assembly (GA) Centenary Celebration and Conference

The Website for Peace through Education – the 33rd Triennial General Assembly (GA) Centenary Celebration and Conference in Geneva July 25th-28th, 2019  is now online.

 If you are planning to attend please inform Jenny Morley

Lincoln and Lincolnshire members celebrating an exchange of 36 years standing with AFDU in Grenoble in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of South Eastern France.

Worcestershire Association visit France

Members of the Worcestershire Association of British Federation of Women Graduates (WAWG) have been exchanging visits with Members of the Association des Femmes Francaises Diplomees Univeiversitaine every two years since 1999. This year’s visit was WAWG members to France

The 2018 Travel Bursary Winner

Aoife Fitzpatrick

School of Psychology,University of Bangor

with a thesis on The neural mechanisms of action selection and specification.

The award contributed to expenses to attend a conference on Concepts, Actions and Objects in Trento, Italy.

The Wellington Home

The young men at The Wellington Home outside Freetown, Sierra Leone who were supported by the donations of BFWG members at the retirement event of our BFWG President Patrice Wellesley-Cole.

Womens Academic and Career Profiles and Progression Harper Adams University January 29th 2019

Would you like to help?

Research Presentations Day 2019

Saturday June 8th 2019 10.30am – 4.00pm

Are you a postgraduate woman student?

Do you have research you would like to present to a discerning audience – and have the chance of winning a small prize of £120 for the best presentation to a general audience?

Would you like to join with us just to listen to other postgraduate women students presenting their research?


Closing date for applications is Saturday March 23rd 2019

Join us at:

4 Mandeville Courtyard,
142 Battersea Park Road,
London SW11 4NB

2019 BFWG AGM Lincoln July 5th-7th

(2020 BFWG AGM at Denman College July 10th-12th)

Application for President Elect


We have received an application for the position of President Elect.

Please login to see the details which can be found on the Members page.

The UWE Conference in Dundee

Just a quick reminder that the early bird rate for the Apex Spa hotel is only guaranteed till this Friday (22nd March). If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, please take that into account.

International Fellowships for £12,000, £10,000, £6,000 and £5,000 have this year been awarded to students studying at British Universities (more details to follow).

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).

Make it your New Year Resolution to 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!

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

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.

BFWG Awards Competition

Now open – Applications close on 22nd February

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships

Applications for Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships 2019 are now open.

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships give talented students from anywhere in the Commonwealth the opportunity to gain a Master’s degree, while developing new skills, experiencing life in another country, and building their global networks.

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 in 2019.

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 Awards

FfWG offers Foundation Grants to help with living expenses (not fees) to 3rd Year Ph.D. students while registered for study at an approved higher education institution in Great Britain. Closing Date March 2019

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.

It’s not too late!

Nominations are now open for GWI positions to be decided in 2019 at the Centenary Conference in Geneva.

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

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.

Our Next Event

Thu 21

UWE Meet and Greet event

17th – 19th May 2019

in Dundee (City of Discovery)

The UWE are pleased to invite you to the next UWE Meet and Greet event in Dundee.

The University of Dundee and the City Chambers are already confirmed as venues for this event which will be a combination of Discussion, Friendship and Culture.

This year, our Conference theme is:

“My Identity. My Story“.

Our latest Newsletter. Please login to read it in full

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 Lucy Thorne, winner of the BFWG  Centenary Scholarship,  which greatly supported her through the writing up of her thesis for her PhD.

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Sybil Campbell Collection is now an Independent Trust

On 1st January 2011 the Sybil Campbell Collection Trust became independent. Although very closely linked to BFWG it is now owned by the Sybil Campbell Collection Trustees. At a special meeting on 11th July 2010 members of Executive, as Directors of BFWG, voted unanimously that the Sybil Campbell Collection Trust should be separated from the Scholarship Trust and become a separate charity.

Save the date

GWI 33rd Triennial and Centenary Conference

‘Peace through Education’

Call for Workshops

This is the First and Only Call for Workshops on one or more of the 5 sub-themes for the Conference.
Workshop date:: 27 JULY 2019
Deadline for submitting Workshop abstracts: FRIDAY, 11 JANUARY 2019
GWI 33rd Triennial and Centenary Conference
Geneva, 25 – 28 July 2019

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