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Sprint programme

What is Sprint?

Personal Development Programme for Female Students (UG and PG programmes available)

Sprint is an immersive female personal development programme for university students across 3.5 days.

Designed by 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.

What will I gain?

Delivered by our all female licensed in-house trainers it will help you:

  • 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, manage time effectively to create a work/life balance
  • Work closely with peers with the opportunity to build lasting networks

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Current female students and those who identify as non-binary and with the objectives of The Sprint Programme and are available to attend all 4 days.
  • Current female finalists are eligible to apply for the week 0 Sprint Programme in the year in which they graduate
  • PG Sprint programme includes Masters and Research students

How many programmes do you run?

  • Each year we usually run 3 UG programmes - week 0 and week 11 Autumn Term and week 6 Spring Term - and one PG programme - week 3 Summer Term.
  • Please note for 2020 in light of the University’s response to restrictions around COVID-19, subject to approval of funding, the Postgraduate programme will be rescheduled to week 0. We will no longer be offering an UG programme in week 0. Other UG programmes will continue as before.
  • Day 1-3 will take place in the same week and Day 4 (half day follow up) will take place approximately 2 months later.
  • Download the full schedule of programmes 2020/21 academic year

Additional support

  • An A4 folder covering the content of the programme, yours to keep to refer to for future reference and track your progress
  • Opportunity to learn from a female one to one mentor over a 2 month period
  • Access to online resources containing course content and suggested additional resources
  • Inspiring women talks each day of the programme and a chance to network and ask questions
  • Delivered in partnership with sponsor organisations


  • Free for students. The programme is fully sponsored by programme sponsors or The University of Warwick
  • A £50 refundable deposit is payable if your application is successful and will be returned to you at the end of the programme on completion of all 4 days. If you anticipate you will have difficulty paying the deposit, please contact us at as soon as possible to access support for funding.

Find out more

How to apply

  • Undergraduate applications currently closed
  • Postgraduate applications currently closed
Next programme dates:

Please note that we aim to reschedule the Postgraduate programme has changed from Week 3 Summer Term to Week 0 Autumn Term due to restrictions currently employed in response to COVID-19. Current applicants will be contacted shortly. We thank you for your patience during this period. *Days 1-3 to take place on campus and Day 4 virtually online.

The number of places is limited to 50 per programme. Selection is based on:

  1. Strength of Application
  2. Priority will be given to successful applicants who have applied previously but were unable to gain a place due to the high number of applicants
  3. Where there is nothing to choose between applicants, places will be offered in order of receipt so it is best to apply early

Sprint is primarily a personal development programme. Please note it does not cover the following areas:

  • CV writing
  • Job applications/applying for graduate schemes
  • A guide to assessment centres

Women's development programme for undergraduates and postgraduates

Hear from students who have completed the Sprint Programme

 If you’re in need of confidence, motivation and/or inspiration within any aspect your life, I would highly recommend applying to the Sprint Programme. For me, the course has really put me on track for planning my future