21st June 2004





A University of Lincoln law student with eight children has won a bursary for academic achievement from the British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG).


Brigida Filomena Teresa Downing was presented with the award – book tokens worth £75 – by Pat Shariatmadari, President of the Lincoln and Lincolnshire Branch of the BFWG, at a ceremony last Friday.


The bursary is awarded for academic achievement and not necessarily academic excellence. Candidates must have been born in Lincolnshire, or lived here for a considerable time, and must be in their second year of study.


Brigida (39), a mother of eight from Seacroft Esplanade, Skegness, has just completed the second year of her degree and ultimately hopes to become a barrister.


“I am very humbled and very honoured to receive this award,” said Brigida. “It hasn’t been easy, especially travelling from Skegness to Lincoln every day, but my family have been very supportive.


“I decided to study law after I spent some time working for the crown court and for victim support in areas of domestic crime and rape.


“I saw the system from both sides and became so frustrated seeing the miscarriage of justice where cases were thrown out on technicalities that I decided to do what I could to help.”


The British Federation of Women Graduates is a national non-profit-making organisation which brings together women graduates and provides information, support and friendship.


For further information visit www.bfwg.org.uk or contact Maureen Robshaw, Lincolnshire liaison officer, on 01522 751122.


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Caption (left to right): Dr Frances Mannsåker, Brigida Filomena Teresa Downing, Pat Shariatmadari and Maureen Robshaw pictured at the University of Lincoln on Friday.


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Gill Noakes, Assistant Press Officer

01522 886244                         gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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