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Sprint is a women’s personal development programme for undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Warwick. Designed by The Springboard Consultancy in conjunction with Oxford and Cambridge universities in part to help address the gender pay gap imbalance and to equip students with the skills required to enable them to accelerate their potential in all areas of life including academic, personal and career as well as developing a positive mind-set.

Current Students

Are you a current student who is interested in participating?

Sprint for Students

The programme

Sprint is an immersive women’s personal development programme delivered across 7 online sessions half-day sessions. Students will learn how to:

  • develop confidence and assertiveness
  • harness personal power and influence
  • identify core values and personal branding
  • set value-based goals
  • practice networking skills with fellow students, role models and industry-professionals
  • build strategies for managing stress and change and increase resilience
  • manage time effectively to create a work/life balance
  • work closely with peers with the opportunity to build lasting networks

For the academic Year 2022/2023, we will offer 2 undergraduate programmes, in September and December, and 1 postgraduate programme, in May.

Become a sponsor and benefit from:

  • support for your diversity and inclusion agendas, specifically gender equality which helps attract quality female talent and enhances company reputation
  • increased positive brand awareness across the university
  • an insight into working within your organisation and the diverse vocational opportunities available through key speaker sessions, networking and one to one mentoring
  • personal development and enhanced career profiles of your female staff as speakers and mentors - an opportunity for reflection, to re-evaluate goals and consolidate career paths
  • enrichment opportunities for female staff to offer advice and impart wisdom of experience to students - a chance to ‘give back’ creating a positive work ethic, strengthening loyalty and commitment to employer
  • build positive relationships through quality engagement with talented students at the early stages of their career planning

Sponsors are asked to provide:

  • speaker: 1 senior professional woman to attend one session during the first week of the programme (approximately one hour) to share her personal journey with advice, hints and tips for students embarking on their career planning
  • mentors: 3-8 female mentors to offer up to 4 x 30-minute online sessions to students, between Session 6 and Session 7 of the programme (please note, there is no requirement for SME sponsors to provide mentors)
  • panellist: 1 senior professional woman on Session 7 (approximately two hours) to act as senior panellist, to listen to student presentations, ask questions and tell their story in brief (please note, speakers may return in this role)

How we promote your organisation:

  • key speaker session and online networking with students during the programme and 1-1 mentoring
  • advertising of Sprint and sponsors (including logo) across entire campus on plasma screens
  • inclusion of sponsor company logo on Sprint website
  • inclusion of sponsor name in student email newsletter and other departmental emails across the university
  • promotion of Sprint and sponsors at career fairs and other events throughout the year

Cost of sponsorship

  • £2,000 +VAT per programme (2 large sponsors) and £500 +VAT per programme (1 SME)
  • This enables us to deliver Sprint to up to 80 students

For further information please contact Sarah Bennett via sprint at warwick dot ac dot uk

Or download our Sprint sponsorship document

Hear from our previous sponsors, many of whom have renewed sponsorship for a number of years:
It was our absolute pleasure to be at the programme this year; we found it to be a really insightful and enjoyable programme. The students will really benefit from attending, as did we. Really looking forward to our involvement next year!
It was a truly inspiring day, and we are delighted to have been part of it. We’ve gained a lot of insight into how female students think and feel about themselves, careers, future prospects etc. – we’ll definitely take this into consideration as we build out our intern and graduate programme.