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Sprint programme

Sprint Programme participants

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 7 online sessions.

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.

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 and increase resilience
  • Manage time effectively to create a work/life balance
  • Work closely with peers with the opportunity to build lasting networks

You will also receive a verified Sprint certificate which can be easily checked by employers and integrated to your LinkedIn

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Current female students (and those who identify as non-binary and with the objectives of The Sprint Programme) and can attend all 7 online sessions
  • UG Sprint programme includes integrated undergraduate masters students
  • PG Sprint programme includes Postgraduate Taught and Research students

How many programmes do you run?

  • For 2021 to 2022 academic year we will be running three Undergraduate Programmes and one Postgraduate Programme
  • Sessions will run over 2 consecutive weeks with the final session taking place 2 months later
  • Each session lasts 3 hours 45 minutes (see times below)
  • The programme will take place via Microsoft Teams. Full instructions on how to access and navigate Teams will be provided

Additional support

  • A digital 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 Moodle resources containing course content and suggested additional resources
  • Inspiring women talks scheduled throughout the programme and a chance to network and ask questions via the online forum
  • 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 7 sessions. If you anticipate you will have difficulty paying the deposit please contact sprint at warwick dot ac dot uk

More information

If you would like more information or a one to one chat, please contact Jane Eley, Sprint Coordinator sprint at warwick dot ac dot uk. We can offer departmental taster introductory sessions via MS Teams through your Departmental Administrator or Student Experience Manager for groups of 20 or more.

Find out more

Next programme dates

Places are limited. 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

Applications are currently closed. Application information for the 2022 programmes will be made available in the new year. We regret we are unable to run the December 2020 programme this year.

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

 Fantastic programme that gave me an insight into different careers. Not only this, but I met some amazing women and learned so much from myself. Definitely went beyond my expectations. I am ever so happy to have taken part in it. It's given me a lot of confidence, self-awareness and motivation

 It has been an amazing learning experience for me, and I had such a good time as well

 The Sprint Programme was a fantastic programme … It was a great opportunity to connect with so many incredible women forming deep friendships between us. The programme was really insightful from all the activities in our groups to all the incredible guest speakers who had so many different things to offer, this programme has really helped me grow and think about myself and my goals more. …I did feel very inspired by all the presentations of the groups as well as the guest speakers. Overall, it is a programme I wish every woman can attend
 It was an amazing experience! The virtual Sprint experience surprised me by its inspiration and connections we have built although just in this virtual world