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This postgraduate programme gives women an opportunity to meet and work together, providing an opportunity for them to take a holistic view of their personal development. Inspired by speakers and panelists working in a diversity of different fields, women find space to plan the next steps for their future.

Aimed at



Doctoral reasearchers - WOMEN ONLY

You must attend all 4 workshop dates; please ensure you REGISTER for ALL sessions and ATTEND ALL sessions.

When you click on "BOOK NOW", you will see a multi-part booking form that will regsiter you for all sessions.

Joining instructions

This is a programme of workshops and you must be available to attend all the workshop days of the programme:

  • 25th June
  • 26th June
  • 4th July
  • 10th July

The programme begins with a 2-day workshop on 25th and 26th June, followed by 2 separate one-day workshops on 4th and 10th July.

A comprehensive folder, including all the material for the programme and additional online learning tools will be provided. *Refreshments and lunch will also be provided*.

Please note: Places are limited and the workshop is run at some cost to the Graduate School. Therefore, please DO NOT register for the programme if you are not available to attend all the sessions.

Key learning outcomes

Sprint is the ground-breaking new professional development programme for PG female researchers. It addresses the study and career issues faced by women at university, and was developed in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and more recently, with the University of Oxford.

The outcomes gained stem from the objectives that you set for yourself during the workshops, and tend to fall under three headings:

Study: Achieve results such as improved visibility, concentration and effectiveness, better time management for meeting deadlines and achieving goals, less study stress, and improved confidence.

Career: Sharpen career goals, raise aspirations and take advantage of work shadowing and coaching opportunities that are often offered by corporate sponsors.

Personal: Work through difficult relationships, improve fitness and gain a better and healthier work/life balance.

Presented by

Chris Cross - a highly experienced and specialist Springboard and Sprint trainer who has worked with many higher education institutions.

Session outline and aims


Workshop 1 ~ Getting Started (25 June)

  • Welcome, introduction, objectives

  • Your development community

  • Power and you

  • Recognising strong women

  • What you need and expect 

  • Getting support for you

  • Building your personal power

  • Summary and action

Workshop 2 ~ Knowing Yourself (26 June)

  • Starting the day
  • Values at the core

  • Choosing to change

  • Managing emotions

  • Promoting the positive you

  • Building your personal power

  • Honouring your core values

  • Summary and action

Workshop 3 ~ Assertiveness (4 July)

  • Starting the day
  • Compliments

  • Saying ‘no’

  • Assertiveness – what it means/why bother?
  • Assertiveness skills practice

  • Making your impact

  • Building your personal power
  • Listening: You and your goals

  • Summary and action

Workshop 4 ~ Where do you go from here? (10 July)

  • Catching up – burning issues

  • Aspiring image

  • Presentations to the panel: Forum
  • Taking it forward
  • Summary and action

Specific skills focused on in this session

Personal effectiveness

Confidence and assertiveness



Career development

Select a date

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Brunel 3D Development Tool

Develops the following:

Skills needed to disseminate your research

Skills needed to develop your research and career

Researcher Development Framework (RDF) Competencies

Develops skills relevant to the following domains of the RDF:

This workshop is provided by

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