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Women's Development

Staff Learning and Development Opportunities


Springboard Women's Development Programme

The Springboard Women's Development Programme enables women to take more control over their own lives and careers by identifying clear, practical and realistic steps that they want to take and developing the skills and confidence to take them. Springboard has been used successfully by over 230,000 women in over 40 countries.

Springboard is for women of all backgrounds, ages and stages of their life and combines the attendance of four full day workshops, completion of a workbook, networking and co-coaching. Each participant will set their objectives on the first workshop, which can be to do with work or their personal life.

Many women use the programme to get better results at work, such as new qualifications, aiming for a promotion, developing new skills or creating a new attitude to change. According to the Springboard Consultancy, 80% of participants report increased confidence/self-esteem as a result of undertaking this programme.

Our 2024 cohort is now open.

If you are interested in taking part in Springboard, please complete the Springboard 2024 Application Form and return to by Friday 5th April 2024.

Please read through the information on the application form carefully. You will be asked to provide a written statement from yourself and your line manager to support your application and you must also be able to attend all 4 workshop dates.

Workshop 1 - Thursday 18th April.

Workshop 2 - Wednesday 8th May.

Workshop 3 - Thursday 6th June.

Workshop 4 - Tuesday 25th June.


If you have any questions about Springboard, the application process or Women's development, please get in touch with us at

Aurora Women's Leadership Programme

The University is committed to developing an institution where everyone can fulfil their full potential. As part of our investment in developing a diverse leadership, we offer colleagues places on a range of programmes.

One such programme is Aurora. Aurora is Advance HE's women only leadership development initiative. It aims to encourage women in higher education to think of themselves as leaders and to develop leadership skills. If you are starting to think of moving into a leadership role, and have some managerial experience, the programme offers an ideal opportunity for development.

More information can be found for upcoming cohorts on our Open Programme page and you can keep up to date with all People Development opportunities by joining our Yammer community.