Farwell held a research fellowship in theoretical physics at Imperial College, London, in the early eighties. Her research is at the boundary between applied mathematics and theoretical physics. Her use of Clifford algebras in her mathematics generated her interest in the Victorian mathematician William Kingdon Clifford. She continues to research the mathematical contribution of Clifford, and mathematical models of particle physics, as well as undertaking research on higher education policy. Farwell actively promotes closer collaborative efforts between universities.
Farwell is the chair of higher education representative body GuildHE, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Open College Network, South East Region, and a board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), and the Universities and Colleges Employers Association. She serves on a number of committees including HEFCE’s Teaching, Quality and the Student Experience Committee, the Quality in Higher Education Group, and Universities UK’s Student Experience Policy Committee and Health and Social Care Policy Committee.
She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to higher education. and appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire in 2015.
- Gauge Transformations (1999)
- The End of the Absolute (1990)
- Unified Spin Gauge Theory (1989)
- One-Dimensional Teda Molecule (1983)
- Derivation and Solution of the Two-Dimensional Toda Equation (1982)
- Kac-Van Moerbeke Equations (1982)
- Buckinghamshire New University.
- Honorary degree from University of Kent.
- GuildHE: representing higher education.
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