Younger Members' Group
The Younger Members’ Group is a new initiative to bring together members in their forties and under within the BFWG nationwide.
The Younger Members’ Group brings together BFWG members in their forties and under across the country. We hold monthly meetings (currently via Zoom) which give members the chance to hear from expert speakers on topics such as leadership, workplace negotiating, and parenting, as well as info on the BFWG and GWI.
Recently we have welcomed two different perspectives on careers in academia: in February we were joined by Professor Stephanie Spencer, Professor of History of Women’s Education at the University of Winchester, and in March we were joined by Professor Antonella De Santo from the University of Sussex, the first female Professor of Physics at the university and leader of the Sussex team working on the Large Hadron Collider. Over the next few months we are running workshops on CV writing and leadership.
The Younger Members’ Group also runs a Buddy Scheme, which pairs Younger Members with members who are more established in their careers. Through the monthly meetings members build a peer network that provides both personal support and professional connections.
As a Younger Member you receive regular bulletins featuring tailored news of members’ activities, relevant fundraising projects, and useful links and resources, as well as your regular BFWG Newsletter. You also gain automatic access to Graduate Women International’s Younger Members Network too.
Our activities include:
- Monthly Zoom Talks and Workshops with expert speakers
- Buddy Scheme pairing younger members with members more established in their careers
- Networking and Social Events, hopefully in person soon - watch this space!
Natalie shares how she joined BFWG and talks about her leadership of the Younger Members’ Group…
Yvonne explains how she is able to contribute her personal and employment skills to the organisation…
We know virtual meetings are not the first choice for most of us, but for the time being they are great at keeping us in touch.
Natalie recently finished a PhD on the lives and work of early women literary academics, including former BFWG President and GWI co-founder Caroline Spurgeon.
She also works as a KS2 tutor and is based in London.