BFWG Success!

Dr Gillian Hilton VP has had her paper on Academic Women (based on our Current BFWG Research project) , voted by the organisers of a Dubai Conference as the best education knowledge paper to be presented in Dubai.

GWI Conference in Geneva

A programme to combat Domestic Violence is being developed in Israel.  Presentation at GWI Triennial Conference Geneva 2019


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.

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

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International Day of Peace

21st September 

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).

Graduate Women’s Baltic Sea Conference 2019

12th October 2019 (registration deadline 1st October)

Venue: Science Center Heureka, Vantaa, Finland

Finnish Federation of Graduate Women (FFGW), member of University Women of Europe, welcome you to the Graduate Women’s Baltic Sea Conference 2019


‘Together for Gender equality in education and work and commitment to our common Baltic Sea’

The National Council of Women of Great Britain

Annual Conference 2019

Leamington Spa
Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October 2019

North West Annual Meeting and Academic Presentation Day

Saturday 12 October 2019
10.00 am – 3.45 pm

Hollins Hey Hotel
191 Victoria Road, New Brighton, CH45 0JY
(Opposite New Brighton Station)

Accommodation available in hotel (Tel: 0151-691-1171)
Excellent hot buffet lunch and refreshments

Cost £25 for the day

Four runners up of the North West 2019 Travel Bursary
present their research and compete for prizes
Presentation by the 2019 Bursary winner

Enquiries: E C Smith (0151-678-1620) or

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Women in Street Names

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

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!

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.


St John’s College, University of Cambridge

Research Fellowships, 2020

St John’s College invites applications for Research Fellowships tenable for up to four years from 1 October 2020. The Fellowships offer an opportunity to carry out independent research in a stimulating and supportive academic environment.   Applications will be accepted from any graduate of a university within or outside the United Kingdom.

Applications must be submitted online and received by 14.00 BST on Tuesday 1 October 2019.


5000 SEK Scholarship for Swedish students abroad

  • Amount: 5000 SEK per scholarship
  • Applicant: Swedish student abroad and students studying in Sweden
  • Students interested in environmental sustainability or entrepreneurship

Application deadline: 31st of October 2019

Young entrepreneurs are emerging more than ever, and Market Inspector are eager to play a part in developing more of them.

We have announced our decision to offer a £1,000 scholarship to students who have planned to start their own business. We would like to empower young entrepreneurs who, along with education, have nurtured their entrepreneurial dreams.

Details about the application, prerequisites, essays and deadlines are available on the Market Inspector website at Market Inspector – Young Entrepreneur Scholarship.

Application deadline: 31st of October 2019

2019 Awards and prizes competion is now closed

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

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

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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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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