Career and personal development

Whether it’s a short workshop, a structured programme, some online learning, one-to-one help or maybe just sharing good practice with your colleagues, the Learning and Development team can help you find what works best for you. Choose from a range of learning opportunities and services suitable for staff at any stage of your career. Below is a selection of development courses for women or find out more information and opportunities for developing onto board positions.

Identify career development opportunities - Secondments, work experience, job share, or part-time appointments to develop your skill sets. If you are not full time and have the capacity to take on other projects you can find opportunities by:

- Using the filters on the Job Vacancies web page by searching key words such as part-time.

- Register for the temporary staff bank.

Leadership Foundation for HE: Leadership Matters - Leadership Matters is our unique bespoke programme, designed for senior women leaders who are aiming for the highest levels of leadership in higher education.


Aurora - Aurora is designed to engage with women at an earlier stage in their careers. It is not suitable for women already in a leadership role


Springboard - The Springboard Programme is a national, personal and professional development programme designed especially for women.



Bitesize, personal effectiveness or leadership and management courses can be found on the Learning development pages or contact People Development.


LearnSmart is our online development resource. Discover a huge range of useful information, guidance, tips, tricks and documents.

Thursday 20th September 12:15-13:15

Women on Boards and The Academic Woman have teamed up together to bring you an insightful seminar on the development opportunities from being on Boards.

During this session Prof Wendy Robinson will discuss her journey onto boards, what helped and hindered, and how she grew from the experience. She will touch on the varied boards and how each experience aided her development personally and professionally. The session will conclude with a Q&A’s and the opportunity to network.

Wendy Robinson is a Professor of Education at the University of Exeter, appointed in 2006, previously holding appointments at Universities of Warwick and Cambridge. At Exeter she has been Head of the Graduate School of Education (2011-2013), Associate Dean for Education in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies (2013-2015) and is currently University Academic Dean for Students. In 2015 she led a cross-university review of Postgraduate Taught Programmes and is currently championing a number of innovative education projects including: ‘Effective Learning Analytics’; ‘Lecture Capture’; and ‘Academic Tutoring’. Her research has been focussed in the field of history of education and historical perspectives on teacher development, effectiveness and education.

Please book on via EventBrite- spaces are limited.

The Academic Women

Provides opportunities for ongoing events, visit their webpages.

Lean in Circles

Lean In Circles were borne out of this and are small groups of around 8-12 members who meet regularly to learn and grow together. We discuss a topic each time we meet, covering areas such as work/life balance, mentoring and negotiation, to name a few. We also aim to organise events for all 4 Lean In Circles several times a year. These are called Chapter meetings, where we arrange for guest speakers (senior Exeter women) to come and share their stories.

There are currently 4 Lean In Circles in existence at the University of Exeter. These are:

  • IIB/Research Services Circle (contact: Grace Williams & Jenny Gay)
  • PPBI/Finance/Admissions Circle (contact: Cat North, Gemma Clutterbuck)
  • PS Women’s Development Group (contact: Kelly Preece)
  • St Lukes Circle (contact: Lucy Hodges)

Contact a circle leader or start your own.