Graphology in the UK

Graphology in the UK

Graphology was brought to the UK from the continent — mainly from France, Germany and Switzerland — at the end of 19th-first half of the 20th century.

Nowadays there are two large organisations uniting British graphologists — the British Institute of Graphologists and the British Academy of Graphology.

British Institute of Graphologists

The British Institute of Graphologists (BIG, was founded in 1983 by Francis Hilliger (a student of Eric Singer’s).

The Institute developed a teaching plan for graphologists, and provides certification to tutors that teach students according to this plan. A list of teachers is on the institute’s website.

The education lasts three years and students must pass six exams (two per year), and upon results of exams, they gain a diploma from the institute.

Foreign applicants that want to study from abroad, are able to do a distant course.
From time to time, the institute offer open lectures in London, and among speakers there are not only British experts, but graphologists from other countries.

The British Academy of Graphology

In 1985, a Greek graphologist Renna Nezos founded The British Academy of Graphology (BAOG,

Her plan was to set up professional standards of graphology in the United Kingdom. Five years later, Nezos was a founder member of ADEG ( the European Deontological Association of Graphologists), which sets up standards of graphology and graphological ethics and popularisation of graphology in Europe.

In 1985, London College of Graphology ( was founded in conjunction with the British Academy of Graphology. The College prepares students for exams qualified by the Academy, and is officially accredited by the ADEG.

The exam is split into two parts — written and oral, and students that successfully pass it become members of the Association. The British Academy of Graphology also offers a distant course.

Students constantly perfect their knowledge at additional lectures, including international ones, organised by the Academy; there is a scientific journal that publishes materials about the latest scientific advances in graphology.