The University of Southampton
Professional Development

Springboard Development Programme

Springboard is a personal and professional development programme for women.

It offers you the opportunity to undertake a substantial review of your work and personal life, and take more control by making good quality decisions about the right way forwards for you. It can help you shape the change you want in practical and realistic ways.

Springboard is run in many places worldwide, including many universities, and is provided by the University of Southampton to support and encourage academic women’s progression in whatever way is right for each individual.

You can expect to:

The results you experience individually will depend on what you decide to work on. Previous participants have said that as a result of attending, they have:

Who is it for?

This programme is fully funded by the University's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team for the benefit of women academics only.

It’s important to point out that the programme itself will not provide answers or solutions, but will support you in finding your own; you will be expected to take responsibility for your own outcomes. Remember that what you get out of the programme will relate directly to what you commit and put into it.

Therefore before applying for a place on the course please consider carefully if this approach will suit your aims and style of learning, or if perhaps you need a different kind of support.

Please note that the programme is self-nominating so you should only apply for a place if it is something you have chosen to do yourself.

Dates & application process

Applications are now closed, to register your interest for future programmes please email the ED&I Team at

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.