Graduate Women Scotland

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Notes on Previous Events


April 2018:

Research Presentations Day

Hosted by Inverclyde and held in Glasgow on Saturday April 28th 2018. The 9 girls who presented work ranged between Visual Impairment in MS, Land and Water Management, Enhancing Nanoparticles and their prevention in Renal Damage to Finding a home for William Burrell's collection.

The photograph shows from Left to right:- Dr. Angela O'Hagan (Commentator), Dr. Fiona Sutherland, (GWS President), the 9 Presenters, Janice Thomson, (President Inverclyde Association) and Professor Kirstie Blair (Commentator).

January 2018:

Paisley Observatory Outing

On Saturday 27 January, members of GWS enjoyed an interesting outing to Paisley Observatory organised by the Glasgow Association. Although, due to stormy weather, we could not see the Observatory dome opening, we were shown the pulley mechanism revolving the roof of the dome. This was followed by a lovely lunch at Ralston Golf Club.

Lunch at Ralston Golf Club.
Paisley Observatory January 2018.
Observatory Dome with guide, Mathew.

December 2017:

BFWG - Eila Campbell Fellowship Award

Some members of Graduate Women Scotland (GWS) met on December 3rd 2017, to present the British Federation of University Women (BFWG), Eila Campbell Fellowship Award to Ann-Christin Wagner who is a post graduate student at Edinburgh University. Ann's thesis is entitled:

'From waiting for the bus to Waiting for Godot: an ethnography of the relationship between waiting and displacement among Syrian refugees in Malfraq, Jordan.'

Ann, who is looking at the movement of Syrian refugees across the northern border of Jordan is in her final year in the Department of Social Anthropology. Her study is very appropriate to this award as Eila Campbell was an eminent Professor of Geography at Birkbeck College, London University where her specialty was cartography and the movement of populations across borders.

Dr. Fiona Sutherland (President GWS), and Ann- Christin Wagner, Eila Campbell Fellowship winner.
left to right, Dr. Fiona Sutherland (President GWS), Ann- Christin Wagner, Janice Thomson (Honorary Secretary GWS), Dr. Helen Dunsmore and Joan Fotheringham.

August 2017:

UWE conference and AGM in Graz

Five members of GWS travelled to Graz, Austria, for the UWE conference and AGM. There was a very warm welcome in hospitality and weather!

Elisabeth Gyorfy, VAO President, cutting the 95th birthday cake.
Franciscan Monastery Venue.

July 2017:

Tricia Blombery visit to Glasgow.

Graduate Woman, Tricia Blombery (center), from Australia was visiting the UK this summer and had time to have a lovely evening with two members from the Glasgow Association, (Catriona Sutherland, left and Joan Fotheringham).


Saturday 29th April 2017:

Research Presentations Day

Members from all our Associations travelled to Dundee on April 29th 2017 for the annual GWS Research Presentations Day. As always this is a very interesting and exciting day with young women eager to tell us about their work towards their post graduate qualifications.

Graduate speakers, from left. Joanna Rodgers, Vasiliki Bitsouni, Rania Edris, Rachael Sibson, Anne Scrimgeour, Michelle Lawrie, Shona Main and Kirsty Graham (Photo courtesy of DC Thomson Ltd.)

Again, there were over 30 abstract submissions from which the final 8 presenters were chosen. Their topics ranged from Ulcers in the Diabetic Foot, through Ancestral Tourism and Film documentaries of a Shetland Community. We also heard about Attitudes to Obesity through our relationship with food, the Perception of Hazards while Driving and how Immigrant Data is represented in the Media by different nations. The mathematical modelling of Cancer Tumour growth and Baboon Gestural significance brought the day to a close. Commentator Dr. Schofield from Dundee University Medical Education Department gave very good practical advice to the girls on the day and also a super write up in the Dundee University Staff Magazine.

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March 2017:

East Association Annual Lunch

At the Invercarse Hotel. Ajay Close enthralled and shocked members and guests with tales of the activities of Suffragettes in Scotland and the horrors of force feeding in Perth Prison described in her recent book 'A Petrol Scented Spring'.

Excerpt from AJay Close's very moving play, 'Cat and Mouse'.
Novelist Ajay Close and the GWSE President Margot Cram share a joke at the GWSE Annual Lunch.

Members were treated to a pop- up performance of excerpts from AJay Close's very moving play, 'Cat and Mouse'. Pictured are Martin Nicholls and Carolyn Duffin of Perth Drama Group as Dr Hugh Ferguson Watson, the only doctor in Scotland who agreed to force feed the suffragettes and Arabella Scott the suffragette subjected to his special attentions.


November 2016:

GWS Seminar

In November 2016, GWS held a very successful seminar in the Scottish Parliament entitled 'The Impact of Conflict on Women and Girls'. The event was sponsored by MSP Jenny Marra.

Jenny Marra MSP (3rd from left), speakers and two members of the One World Centre, Dundee.
GWS President (2nd from left) with speakers.

Speakers gave us much to think about with topics ranging from Seeking Sanctuary (Dr. Monish Bhatia) , Children's Grief (Dr Ian Barron) to Female Higher Education in Afghanistan (Professor Cynthia Burek and student Zainab Hussaini).


21st to 23rd August 2016:

GWI General Assembly

Graduate Women International (GWI) held their triennial General Assembly and Conference in Cape Town South Africa in August 2016 this being the first time the conference was held in South Africa.

GWS President Dr. Fiona Sutherland represented the Scottish Federation.

The General Assembly progressed through the business which included the thorny issue of the dues increase and there was the usual presentation of reports and election of the new President, Geeta Desai, and Board. The Conference part was for the first time, open to the public and an external participant presented in my Seminar entitled 'Education and Vulnerable Populations'.

Meeting up of old friends and networking occurred in the breaks and at the meals and the whole atmosphere was one of friendliness.


'Butterfly' Prawns
CapeTown Coloured Houses
CapeTown - 'Framed' - GWS President & Table Mountain
GWS President and Stacy Dry Lara, Executive Director, GWI
In the break
New President GWI, Geeta Desai

Proteus Bush
GWS President, Fiona Sutherland, getting some sun.
Sunset over the cape
Traditional Zulu Lady

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