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

Springboard takes place over four full day workshops. The dates for the autumn 2017 programme are:

  • Thursday 5th October 2017
  • Thursday 2nd November 2017
  • Tuesday 5th December 2017
  • Monday 8th January 2018

All workshops will take place at Wide Lane Sports Pavilion, starting at 09.30 and finishing by 16:30 at the latest. If you accept a place on the programme you are expected to attend all four workshops in full.

You will also be provided with a workbook, which contains information, exercises and case studies. The book provides an opportunity for you to reflect on (and perhaps discuss with others) the areas you wish to work on. You will be asked to work through sections of it in between the workshops – the general guidance is that you should allow about 3-4 hours a week for this, but the time will depend on what you choose to work on. The workbook remains yours to keep and refer back to after the course.

As part of your application, you will be asked the following questions:

  • What are your reasons for wishing to take part in the programme?
  • What do you want to achieve as a result of attending?
  • What are your expectations of the programme?

If you want to participate in the programme, then you should submit your application online. Applications are open until Friday 22 September 2017. Everyone who applies will be informed whether they have a place by Thursday 28 September at the latest. If you have any questions about the programme or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact the ED&I Team at

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