Sprint aligns with several UN Sustainable Development Goals

Sprint is supported by the Annual Fund.

Sprint counts towards the Exeter Award.

Sprint Personal Development Programme

two (consecutive) days long. The days usually run 9:15(ish)-4:30.

Sprint is the personal development programme designed for female students of all ages, from all backgrounds and stages in their lives and study. The Programme consists of two consecutive days of activities, a guest speaker, discussion and self-reflection covering a range of key topics which can help you manage your study and work, address issues and achieve your professional and personal ambitions.

Responding to the current debate surrounding gender equality and the University of Exeter’s commitment to the Athena SWAN charter, the course recognises that women face different challenges to their male peers and provides the opportunity to network and share experiences, and grow a supportive peer community.


The dates for Sprint 2018/19:


29 - 30 May


22 - 23 May

See below for more information:

Place are limited and participants must ensure they can attend the entire course to be eligible.

Sprint aims to:

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

The programme includes:

  • comprehensive materials for the programme and further research
  • Interactive and reflective exercises
  • Relevant and inspiring guest speakers
  • Opportunity to create supportive networks within the group


The content covers:

  • How to harness and use your personal power
  • Acknowledging your strengths and addressing perceived weaknesses
  • Insight into health and wellbeing for personal effectiveness
  • Identifying support and expanding your network
  • Strategies to manage negative feelings
  • Identifying your values to guide decision-making
  • Developing your personal brand to increase your profile
  • Developing your influencing and negotiation skills
  • Understanding behaviour and using assertiveness effectively

We welcome applications from all female undergraduates and taught postgraduates who feel they would benefit from taking part in Sprint.

Applications will be processed intermittently throughout the year (at least once a term), we will let applicants know the outcome of their application at least three weeks prior to the start of the course. There is no specific deadline for the submission of applications, and applications may be submitted at any point before the start of the relevant course.


To apply for Sprint please complete this short form, letting us know how you feel you would benefit from the programme and indicating which course you would prefer to attend. This form is for students at the Exeter campuses only.

You must be able to attend for the duration of the course.