Awards and Scholarships
Please contact Carrie de Silva or Professor Kate Irving if you wish to enquire (with no obligation, of course) about trusteeship, or playing any part in the trust assessment process.
Carrie de Silva
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Carrie de Silva has long experience in both academic and professional training, largely for rural practice and residential surveyors, along with CPD for solicitors, accountants and the equestrian industry. She has developed everything from MSc programmes to CPD seminars in various aspects of law and taxation with particular specialisms in financial loss through professional negligence and civil liability for personal injury, health and safety and corporate manslaughter, and small business and estate taxation. She has been in higher education for over 20 years and before that worked in corporate tax, for Arthur Andersen on graduation and later, for an aggregates group.
Carrie continues to research in the areas of professional negligence, health and safety and, increasingly, work on the history of early women in the professions - predominantly in law and surveying.
Carrie has written widely: along with academic publications (most recently on vicarious liability) she has produced A Short History of Agricultural Education and Research, First Women (an extensive and eclectic listing), Equine Law (with a Northern Ireland edition), Negligent Valuation Casebook and Health and Safety Casebook and has co-edited and re-written Galbraith’s Construction and Estate Management Law. Carrie has recently written a brief biographies for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography on the first agricultural adviser to the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, the first woman chartered surveyor, the first woman solicitor and one of the first women scientists at Rothamstead Crop Research Station. She also contributed brief biographies on a number of early women lawyers, on whom she has also produced academic papers.
She is a Vice-President of the British Federation of Women Graduates, a trustee of the BFWG Scholarship Trust, a trustee of the Sybil Campbell Collection and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers. Carrie is a director of BlueBox Partners Ltd, a surveying training company. She has taught law in Kenyan prisons as part of the Justice Defenders work (formerly African Prisons Project) and continues to support prisoner and prison officer students remotely.
Carrie is currently involved in writing a book of mini-biographies of women for whom streets have been named, along with a more academic consideration of the impact of subconscious culturalization on individuals' self-perception and their progression to senior roles. She is also working on a collation of the first women professors (in their subject areas).
In any spare time, and as lockdown lifts, Carrie is trying to complete her list of ‘60 things to do before 60’ (although she is over 60!!).
Professor Kate Irving
Secretary to the Board of Trustees
I was an undergraduate student at the University of Surrey, achieving a BSc in Home Economics in 1979. After completing a PGCE from the University of Manchester I went on to teach in a variety of roles in secondary and further education. During this time I had the challenging responsibility of running a school Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and also co-led a Government Restart Project in Stockport, which provided workplace and educational skills to long-term unemployed adults. In 1995 I returned to Higher Education and completed a MSc in Exercise and Nutrition Science.
This led to teaching on a variety of Sports Science related modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Chester, including research methods and statistics. I was able to continue my interest in learning through employment by supporting students studying for work-based undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. I later moved to the University’s Learning and Teaching Enhancement provision, becoming the University’s Director of Learning and Teaching in 2012. This role involved working with colleagues across all the University’s disciplines on a variety of teaching initiatives and in developing colleagues' capacity for undertaking pedagogic research. Alongside my work I studied for a PhD, which was awarded in 2012. My thesis explored local leadership roles in Higher Education. I retired from the University in 2015 and was awarded an Emeritus Professorship in Learning and Teaching – a great honour.
Outside my University work, I was a Trustee/Governor of The King’s School, Chester from 1996 - 2004. I have also been a Trustee of a local hospice and of the End of Life Partnership, a Cheshire-based charity whose role involves co-ordinating end of life care and end of life care education, across health, social and voluntary services in the county. I served as both Deputy-Chair and Chair of the EoLP’s Board of Trustees. I joined BFWG during my university teaching career and re-joined after retiring. I am Chair of BFWG’s Research Ethics Committee, support the development of the website and am Secretary to the Scholarship Fund Trustees.
My other interests and activities include being member of the WI, owning a horse and competing in dressage. I enjoy reading, cooking and a variety of outdoor activities. I have 3 adult children of whom I am very proud!
Jennie Landsberg BEd, MEd, NPQH, NPQICL
Member of Canterbury Association
I became a scholarship trustee in July 2019 following the retirement of Margaret Gotheridge. I have taken on the responsibilities for finance but work with all the trustees to ensure that our level of awards can continue and increase.
I am currently also Chair of the Finance Committee, a role I have undertaken for just over six years. I am also a nominee shareholder on behalf of BFWG for our other Charity FfWG.
I am currently retired following a career primarily in education working within both schools and local authorities. I undertake a range of other volunteer roles including being a Governor of a local secondary school. I have five grandchildren who I see regularly although two of them incur a journey of more than 300 miles! I enjoy gardening, being part of a choir as well as being part of several book groups.
My roles across BFWG has extended my understanding of the impact our federation makes to others.
Professor Joyce Goodman MBE
Joyce Goodman is Professor of History of Education at the University of Winchester and the founder of the Centre for the History of Women’s Education, the only such research centre in England.
She is also a research associate at CERLIS (Centre de Recherche Sur Les Liens Sociaux) in Paris, an Honorary Member of the BFWG and Honorary Trustee of the BFWG’s Sybil Campbell Collection. After teaching music in the UK and the Netherlands she enrolled as a mature student at the University of Manchester, where she gained a masters degree and a Phd in the history of women’s education.
She has filled a range of roles at the University of Winchester, including Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Assistant Vice-Chancellor.
Joyce has published widely on the history of women’s education, including on the British Federation of University Women (now BFWG) and the International Federation of University Women (now GWI) and has presented on the history of the IFUW and the BFWG at local, regional, national and international events.
She has served as President of the History of Education Society UK and as Secretary of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE) and is an honorary life member of both ISCHE and the European Educational Research Association (EERA).
Joyce is particularly interested in the teaching, supervision and support of postgraduate students. As president of the History of Education Society UK and as secretary of ISCHE she worked to extend support for, and engagement between, postgraduate students nationally and internationally. As ISCHE secretary she was involved in negotiating a Memorandum of Association between ISCHE and EERA, which established a fully-funded and highly competitive international summer school for postgraduate research students in history of education. She has tutored at this international summer school, which continues to run successfully after more than 10 years and to be supported financially by ISCHE, EERA and the History of Education Society UK. As well as supervising doctoral students, Joyce examines doctoral theses in the UK and elsewhere.
Joyce is a former editor of The History of Education Researcher and of History of Education. In addition to publishing regularly and serving on journal boards, she peer reviews proposals for funding councils, scholarly organisations, academic journals, and publishers in the UK and elsewhere. She is also an international advisor for funded research projects.
Joyce’s latest book project is a biography of the artist Rosa Branson. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, walking, knitting and playing the piano.
Krista McLennan BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCLTHE, MRSB, SFHEA, PhD
I am currently the Deputy Head of Biological Sciences at the University of Chester, which I joined in 2015. I teach on a variety of programmes within the department, including Animal Welfare, Animal Behaviour, Bioveterinary Science and Zoology and teach both our Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.
I joined the BFWG in 2020 as a Trustee as I am passionate about making sure women have equal opportunity to succeed in whatever role they choose.
I am an animal behaviour and welfare scientist. My research area focuses on animal emotion using facial expression. I am particularly interested in sheep welfare, but also work with other farm animals, equine, and companion and species.
I have always had an interest in animals and studied for my BSc (Hons) in equine studies (science option) at Sparsholt College, University of Plymouth. After a year working out in the equine industry, I went on to study at the University of Exeter for a master’s degree in Animal Behaviour where I studied the social behaviour of donkeys at the Donkey Sanctuary, UK in Devon.
Upon completion of my masters, I gained an Associate Lecturer / Resident Researcher’s post at Moulton College in collaboration with the University of Northampton, where I was able to gain experience teaching alongside studying for a PhD in dairy cattle social behaviour. Towards the end of my PhD, I took up a post-doctoral position at the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge working on an EU funded project (Animal Welfare Indicators, AWIN) looking at the relationship between disease, behaviour, and welfare of sheep.
I developed the Sheep Pain Facial Expression Scale that can be used by farmers and veterinarians to help them recognise and assess pain in sheep.
Dr. Miljana Radivojević
I am a lecturer in Archaeomaterials at the University College London Institute of Archaeology. During my previous studies and research posts at the Universities of Belgrade, Cambridge and UCL I have developed a strong research profile in both fieldwork excavations and laboratory analysis of material culture, specifically technology of early metal making.
I joined the Board of the BFWG Scholarship Fund Trustees in May 2021 and am also a Trustee of the Institute for Archaeo-Metallurgical Studies at UCL, which is dedicated to the connection between mining industry and archaeometallurgical research conducted at the UCL.
I was a recipient of the BFWG Academic Award in 2011.
My own research journey from growing up in a war-torn Serbia to reaching an academic position at a prestigious UK university enables me to appreciate the struggles of both international and domestic students in the UK.
I have acted as a reviewer for BFWG Academic Award applications from 2014 and gained significant experience in judging the quality of applications and overall research excellence.
I have also reviewed applications for Junior Research Fellowships in Jesus College, University of Cambridge, during my time there as a Research Fellow (2016-2018).
My research projects include early copper making in the Balkans and the prehistory of the Silk Roads, linking Central Asia, the Eurasian Steppe and most of Europe during the 4th – 1st millennium BC, and more broadly addressing the pre-modern globalisation of Eurasian continent by looking at the (technological) knowledge economy at the time.
As an Honorary Fellow of the Cambridge Central Asia Forum (University of Cambridge), I keep expanding my research profile beyond the current research network that includes 30 institutions in 12 different countries.
Other than this, I have been peer reviewing grant proposals for European Commission (ERC Starting Grants), National Science Foundation (NSF), Austrian Science Foundation, Polish Academy of Sciences, as well as winning proposals myself, with all research projects amounting to c. £720,000 thus far.
In my spare time I enjoy….
Dancing tango, surfing, complex culinary projects like fermenting food and collecting Non-Fungible Tokens.