Springboard

Springboard is an award-winning personal and professional development programme, designed and developed by women for women. It has been created specifically to enable women to achieve their full potential both at work and in their personal lives. It is designed for women from all backgrounds, ages and stages of their lives. The University recognises that women are less well represented than men at a senior level and Springboard is one of the approaches by which the university seeks to address this imbalance.

Who is Springboard for?

Springboard aims to enable women to review their life position, clarify their aspirations and work out, in a mutually supportive environment, a means of navigating their way towards their desired future. Some Springboard programmes (see Who can take part? below) are aimed at specific career stages. The Oxford Learning Institute programme is for all staff, regardless of career, life stages, role or background. If you are offered a place on this programme, it’s important to recognise that you will be working with a mixed cohort of women.

Some women who take part are aware that they are at a personal crossroads, some are aware that they want to make a change without knowing why or what that is and some have a very clear idea of their future direction of travel and are looking for some support in doing so. It’s important to emphasise that the programme is not suited to women who have long term mental health issues or have a need for therapeutic support. In that situation, there are other opportunities to find support within the University. The Occupational Health Service have some excellent resources and information.

Who can take part in Springboard?

There are a number of Springboard programmes offered at the University of Oxford. To find out which programme you are eligible to attend, please read the list below and follow the links to find out more.

  1. University and college staff can apply for a place on the Oxford Learning Institute Springboard programme. This programme is for all women working in the collegiate University and covers all staff groups (including research staff). Masters and undergraduate students are not eligible for the Oxford Learning Institute programme. To apply for a place please read What do I need to know? 
     
  2. Graduate research students, postdoctoral researchers and research staff can apply for a place on the Springboard programme delivered by the Maths, Physical and Life Sciences Division (MPLS). This programme has been tailored to develop core personal effectiveness skills in the context of the research environment and research careers. For further information on the Springboard programme run by the MPLS Division, please visit their website. Research staff can also apply for a place on the programme run by the Oxford Learning Institute for all University and college staff.
     
  3. Undergraduate students can apply for a place on the Springboard programme delivered by the Careers Service. For further information please visit the Careers website.
     
  4. Masters students can apply for a place on the Springboard programme delivered by the Careers Service. For further information please visit the Careers website.