Sprint Women’s Development Programme for Female PGRs

Sprint is the ground-breaking personal development programme designed for female students of all ages. The Programme consists of 3½ days of intensive practical workshop sessions covering a range of key topics which can help you manage your study, work and personal development. In line with current debate surrounding gender equality, and the University of Exeter’s commitment to the Athena SWAN charter, the Doctoral College are delighted to be able to offer a Sprint Women’s Development Programme exclusively for postgraduate researchers. The course recognises that women face different barriers to their male colleagues, and is intended to create a sense of community among female PGRs to provide opportunities both to network and provide peer support.

The programme aims to:

  • enable you to develop to your fullest potential and achieve your objectives
  • provide you with tools and strategies for self-empowerment
  • boost your personal effectiveness

Sprint includes:

  • a comprehensive workbook with materials for the programme and further research
  • Interactive and reflective workshops
  • Relevant and inspiring guest speakers
  • Opportunity to create  supportive networks within the group and with women from a range of professional roles, disciplines and backgrounds and backgrounds

Our next Sprint Women's Development Programme for female PGRs will run in June 2019. Further details will be announced, inclduing how to apply, in the new year.

Here’s what other PGRs have said about this course:

‘My objectives were met. I can go into the world having this self-belief in myself that I can do anything I want to.’ Postgraduate Researcher in UEMS

‘I am happy that I met many wonderful people that I want in my life from now on. Thinking about my positive and strong features.’ Postgraduate Researcher in SSIS

‘An excellent use of four days (+ time spent travelling from Cornwall). I thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of topics covered. I thought it might be a little awkward to be so open, but it was a delight as I felt very comfortable within the group.’ Postgraduate Researcher in CLES

‘Very inspiring programme which provides practical, intensive information in such a friendly and supportive environment. Sharing experience with peers and listening to experiences shared by speakers and the trainer gives me a space to reflect on my own and makes me feel more confident and very encouraging!’ Postgraduate Researcher

‘It has been one of the most inspiring and liberating experiences in my life to place yourself in an environment with women who have same worries but the wish to develop themselves, and being a part of this programme has definitely changed my way to look at myself. I believe women will do better once they realise the challenges that will occur and how strong they can be to become better.’ Postgraduate Researcher in SSIS

The Academic Woman is a network and seminar series launched from the 2017 cohort of our Sprint programme. You can find out more about their work, and their next seminar, on The Academic Woman website.