BFWG Younger Members’ Group
The Younger Members’ Group is a new initiative to bring together members in their forties and under within the BFWG nationwide.
Established in November 2020, the Group aims to forge connections between younger members all over the country, building a network of mutual support and advice, as well as providing opportunities to make new friends.
The Group aims to foster new connections between younger members and those more established in their careers, too, through informal mentorships. The hope is that sharing professional experiences and advice is mutually beneficial, and develops intergenerational ties.
As the BFWG understands that younger members may well have quite different interests and concerns from other members, this Group has been set up to supporting younger members to build our own connections, run events, and undertake projects which matter to us.
The Group will report regularly to the Senior Management Team so that younger members’ concerns can be taken on board by the wider organisation. It will also build international bridges with the GWI Young Members Network.
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.
From some of our members
” I graduated from York St John University in Sports Science in 2014 and have since worked in the private and public sector. My current role is Senior Conversion Officer at the University of Lincoln where I lead a Conversion team responsible for devising and executing conversion campaigns aimed at nurturing prospective undergraduate applicants through the recruitment funnel, from enquiry to enrolment.”
” I studied a BA in Social Policy and Administration and graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1999. I am not in paid employment due to being disabled. I am interested in social issues and have a varied experience in volunteering. I am passionate about education and since 2008 I have volunteered at a primary school where I listen to children read and create Powerpoint presentations. I also do a varied range of activities for the Kent Association for the Blind and have recently started co-hosting a group for other volunteers.”
” I am a social urbanist and feminist researcher specialising in urban violence, participatory urban design, methodology development, and research ethics. She is completing a PhD at The Bartlett’s Development Planning Unit, UCL, and does consulting work for research centres, local governments, and other organisations working toward community and international development and peacebuilding.”