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.

GWS President Fiona Sutherland and BFWG awardees

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

Domestic Abuse Bill

Ora Sharon

GWI 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.

( 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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International Day of Education on 24 January 2020

International Day of Education 2020

24 January 2020

International Day of Education 2020 will be celebrated globally around the theme of

“Learning for people, planet, prosperity and peace”

The British Federation of Women Graduates

is an inclusive organisation of women with degrees or equivalent qualifications.

The British Federation of Women Graduates

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mentor and award Postgraduates at annual Research presentations

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is a global diverse network empowering all women through education.

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International Day of Education

Education is a human right, a public good and a public responsibility.

Special Edition of the Friends of Sybil Campbell Newsletter

Contributions wanted

We are planning a Special Edition of the Friends of Sybil Campbell Newsletter and we are looking for contributions from our Friends.

Do you have a reflection on your interest or use of the Collection?

A short piece/ review of one of the authors / books in the collection that you would like to share?

Articles up to 500 words will be considered and the editorial team will be happy to support or discuss any ideas.

Please contact the editor or write to us:  Dr S. Anderson-Faithful, Editor: Sybil Campbell Friends Newsletter, Faculty of Education, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR , by January 31st 2020 if you would be interested in contributing.

Awards and prizes

The 2020 prize competition is now open!

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

The closing date is 22 February 2020

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)

Research presentation Day

Saturday 2 May 2020

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? Or would you like to join with us just to meet and listen to other postgraduate women students presenting their research? Our Research Presentations Day (RPD) offers these opportunities.

Past attendees, both presenters and audience, have found the Day thoroughly enjoyable and helpful in developing presentation skills.

If you think you would like to submit an abstract please use abstract form below or contact for further details.

Closing date for applications is: Saturday March 14th 2020.

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.

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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The 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.

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