The University aims to encourage and support women’s career progression at Oxford, recognising that, as in many other organisations, the proportion of women tends to drop at the more senior levels in each staff group. The Learning Institute supports women's progression by running the Springboard programme and by providing information on external courses designed for women.

The Institute also hosts the Ad Feminam mentoring scheme, intended to encourage women to explore their leadership potential within academic life, or within an administrative career, for example, as leaders of departments and divisions or taking leading roles in university governance.