UWE Conference 2016

Report UWE Annual General Meeting Winchester

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The next day after Brexit, we met in England’s ancient capital for an inspiring conference about encouraging women into leadership roles

“What an enjoyable conference!” someone commented on facebook. To be sure, everybody had a great time! Even now resounds in my mind the rendition of the song over 70 people sung in chorus at the end of the Gala Dinner:

Winchester Cathedral                                                       We’ve come from Europe

Your church of renown                                                      To meet all our friends.

You stood and you wa-tched                                            We’re earnestly talking

As we came to town…                                                        Until the day ends.”

Thank you all for being a part of it,  this couldn’t have been possible without you.  Special thanks and congratulations to our host: Sue Ouvry and the organizing team from The Winchester LA,  for contributing to the success of the conference and their generous support.

Because “a picture is worth a thousand words”, I invite you to watch this short movie I made, some moments to remember, a pictures gallery also,  enjoy!

As usual, the last day we had Annual General Meeting, we were delighted with the presence of Germany and the Netherlands, although they resigned from GWI.  A new Treasurer was elected.  The key point of our meeting was the discussion about how to adapt the constitution and spontaneously an interactive dialogue was initiated on how can UWE stays a regional group of GWI and still keeps its seat in the INGO conference representing European women graduated?.  We kept calm… and voted an emergency clause, please see here the Minutes AGM 2016 . Click on the links to see the reports, invitation to next UWE Conference in Graz, Austria and other documents presented.

In the end, feel free to fill this evaluation form and express your feelings, we really need your feedback to help us improve organizing the next conference. Thank you!


For the board,

many regards,

Roxana Elena Petrescu
Secretary General









UWE AGM Agenda, Winchester, 26th of June 2016

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Annual General Meeting Agenda – Winchester, 26th of June 2016

Note: To be able to vote at the AGM either the known CER (as known on the website) or a delegate with a proxy from the NFA must present themselves as such at the registration desk. Only NFA’s that have paid their dues on the 15th of June will be allowed to vote.

11.30 Welcome

  • Sharing reports NFAs: please use the online form online form and the ppt draft report as we will have a “inspiration Market”. Meaning we will use lunch also as a moment to get more info on the main subjects and themes of NGAs. There will be a slide show during the whole conference during breaks and of course on our website and Facebook.

12.30 lunch – voting and meeting up with Cers

13.30 second part AGM

1. Adoption agenda

2. Minutes the minutes of the AGM 2016 were not made last year. This was due to a vital illness of the reporter. The board has made a short version of the decisions made.

3. Jans Gremmée award

4. Reports

a. overall report by the President

b. Vice Presidents

c. Financial statement 2015. Election of members financial committee; we call for members of the financial committee

UWE BALANCE SHEET 1 1 2015-31 12 2015

UWE membership fees 2015-2016

5. Adaptation of the UWE Constitution and Bye Laws.

Last year it was decided that because of the name change of the IFUW into GWI the UWE Constitution needed to be adapted.

A committee was installed to adapt the UWE constitution and bye-laws. The committee was led by CER of Finland and lawyer Marita Salo and consisted of three other lawyers: Annelies Pierrot, Anne Negre and Georgeta Stoican.
Besides the name change of IFUW to GWI the UWE board proposes to adapt the deadlines for proposals and plans as it is now possible to communicate digitally. Also the possibility of electronic vote is part of the new constitution and lastly to accept associated members.

6. Proposal Next AGM 2017 and Meet and Greet 2017.

We have a proposal from VAO inviting us to Graz by the end of August 2017. Fildis Syracuse invites us for a Meet and Greet in May 2017.

7. Budget 2017 and Proposal dues 2017. The balance will be presented under the reports. Because we have less members in 2016 still hoping to get more  with allowing for associate members, the Board proposes to increase dues to 0,80 € / member Because we have less members in 2016 still hoping to get more  with allowing for associate members, the Board proposes to increase dues to 0,80 € / member

8. Any other business.

Programme UWE AGM&Conference 2016

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24th June

4 pm


Royal Hotel

6 pm

Mayor’s Reception

Abbey House

7.30 pm


Royal Hotel


25th June

9 am


Royal Hotel

9.30 am


President UWE

President BFWG

10 am

Hegg Hoffet Fund

Christel Moor

10.45 am

Coffee ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

11:30 am

Guest Lecture

Catherine Bearder MEP

Women’s Rights and Gender Equality


Lunch ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

1:30 pm


Patrice Wellesley Cole

Women Refugees and Migrants

2:30 pm


Adriana Ungureanu

Esther Neven

Julie Castrec

3:30 pm

Tea ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

4 pm


Workshop follow up & Forum

5 pm

Close Business ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

7 pm

Gala Dinner

Prior’s Hall

Guest Speaker: Prof Joy Carter

Vice Chancellor, University of Winchester

Musical Entertainment

10:30 pm

Return to hotels ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

26th June

9 am


Royal Hotel

9:30 am

Guest Lecture

Gloria Vessey


Coffee ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



National Reports


Lunch ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~




Tea ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



Summary/Conference 2017



Free Evening


Over 75 women going to Winchester: UWE Conference 2016 almost fully booked

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Encouraging Women into Leadership Roles

The University Women of Europe and the British Federation of Women Graduates are pleased to welcome over 75 women to the historic city of Winchester for the next Annual General Meeting and two days Conference.  It means the conference facilities are almost fully booked. If you’d still like to participate be quick as places are limited.  Please know that payments are expected ultimately 31 of May! 

Our Conference theme will be Aspiration, Advancement, Achievement”  in order to encourage women into Leadership Roles.  Let’s find out what is the path to female leadership, why do we need raising aspiration through wider choices, experiences and more.We know women encounter challenges at work to utilize their strengths and obtain promotions to leadership roles, definitely scaled up actions are required to ensure economic empowerment of women, but let’s consider what our organization can do to improve and enhance the visibility of role models. As always, there will be time to exchange opinions and networking, the conference is open to all members of the University Women of Europe and their friends.


Conference Venue

Winchester Royal Hotel


Hampshire SO23 8BS

Rooms at the hotel are all full so if you’d still to come you’ll have to go to one of the other hotels.  


Useful travel information: UWE 2016 Travel Information   

Accommodations details and prices can be found here : UWE 2016 Accommodation V1.3

A choice of four historic tours on Monday, 27th June  and prices can be found here: Historic Tours Flyer V1.1

  • Participation Fee Full Conference Early bird (paid before 31st March 2016): £125;
  • Full Conference – Late Booking (1st April – 27th May): £150
  • Full Conference – Young Member (for delegates born after 1980 or still studying): £100
  • One day Conference Early Bird (by 31st March): £60;
  • One day Conference – Late Booking (1st April – 27th May): £70;
  • Dinner on Friday evening at Royal Hotel (optional): £17;
  • Gala Dinner on Saturday evening* (optional): £42.

Non-members are welcome: they pay 30 Euro’s more and are an independant member for a year. Giving a reduction on the fee for the Meet and Greet the next year (usually in May) .

The Conference fee includes hire of venue, tea/coffee on Friday arrival, tea/coffee and lunch on Sat and Sun, speakers’ administration costs and UWE travel fund.

Gala Dinner will be held in medieval Priors Hall in the Inner Close of the cathedral. It is on the first floor of the Deanery but a stair lift is available. The cost of £42 per head includes a welcoming glass of Hampshire sparkling wine or elderflower, a 3-course meal based on local produce. Our guest speaker is Professor Joy Carter, Vice – Chancellor of Winchester University. It is fully bookedThere is currently a waiting list.

We have a simple online registration form that enables you to register in minutes. Click here to register now.

PLEASE NOTE: All payment must be made by 31st May 2016 as the organisation needs to pay several reservations for the locations in advance. 

There will be no refunds for non-attendance. Please ensure that you have travel insurance to cover cancellation.

Please use the following method:

Bank to Bank Transfer Please use your name as a reference for your booking.

Account Name        BFWGUWE2016

Account Number    89172744

Sort code                 558126

IBAN                          GB49NWBK55812689172744

IBANBIC                    NWBKGB2L

Bank Address          Nat West Bank 105 High Street Winchester Hants UK