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The Springboard Programme for Women

About Springboard

We have developed the Springboard Programme for female students because research shows that women undergraduates are put off applying for certain occupations and industries and tend, on average, to earn significantly less in their first job on leaving University. Similarly, we are aware that many employers are keen to recruit more women and have put female-friendly programs in place to attract and retain women in the workplace.

The Springboard Programme enables women to take more control over their own lives by helping participants identify the clear, practical and realistic steps that they want to take and develop the skills and confidence to take them. Evidence suggests that women are less likely than men to take this structured approach. The format is tried and tested and has an impeccable track record in an extraordinarily wide range of situations.

We wish to provide a programme to help women develop skills and confidence to be able to:

  • Consider all careers and opportunities post-university
  • Thrive on their chosen path
  • Build a network of support with fellow female students
  • Develop knowledge and awareness of sponsors industries


The Programme

We run four programmes each academic year, two of undergraduate and two for master’s students. The ingredients of the programmes are:

  • Three one-day consecutive workshops + a one-day standalone workshop
  • A personal workbook
  • Guest speakers
  • Opportunities for work-experience placements

Topics covered:

  • Self-assessment – understanding your personal values, skills, interests and relationships
  • Getting support for you
  • Dealing with change, dealing with feelings, dealing with stress
  • Assertiveness
  • Goal setting
  • Listening and making an impact
  • Putting yourself across positively
  • Planning your future with confidence and flexibility

Benefits for sponsors

Sponsors can access over 100 female students per year through:

  • Workshop speaker sessions, in each cohort
  • Involvement in workshop 4 for each cohort
  • Invitation to attend the launch event for each cohort
  • Building awareness of your brand through logos on marketing materials
  • The option of offering work experience placements after the programme

Marketing Channels

  1. Employer profiles in student workbook
  2. Website page (with sponsor credit)
  3. Flyer at fairs, and in The Careers Service (with sponsor logo)
  4. Newsletter articles (with sponsor credit)
  5. Promotional screen at The Careers Service (with sponsor logo)
  6. Information sessions per cohort (with sponsor credit)
  7. Targeted emails (with sponsor credit)

Cost of sponsorship

Fee: £5,000 per year + VAT (4 cohorts)

In order to make sure all sponsors have sufficient engagement with students we are limiting sponsorship to one firm per sector. 

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact springboard@careers.ox.ac.uk or call reception on 01865 274646.



Our Internship Office co-ordinates hundreds of internships for Oxford students every year. We welcome sponsorship for internships – particularly in the not-for-profit sector – which may otherwise be unremunerated, thereby allowing any student to take part.

For more information, see our pages about sponsoring an internship.

Our marketing material

We produce many print publications each year, which are sent to all students in the university. These include:

  • Postcards advertising events
  • Term planners
  • Guides to the services we offer

We regularly look for sponsors for these publications, to have their logo prominently displayed. Sponsorship opportunities are first offered to members of our Recruiters’ Group.


This information was last updated on 12 December 2016.
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OXFO L.E.V8 Accelerator

Posted on behalf of Oxford Foundry. Blogged by Mike Moss on 20/09/2019.

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Oxford students, staff and alumni can get six months free support to build their venture. This includes mentorship, masterclasses, and access to the Foundry’s global network of investors and partners including Biz Stone, Cofounder of Twitter and Medium, Jenny Tooth OBE, UK Business Angels Association, Professor Bill Aulet, MIT, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, and Robin Saunders, Managing Partner at Clearbrook Capital.

Ventures also get support to build a team – many ventures have met their cofounders through the Foundry, along with leadership and resilience skills support, financial, business, pitching, product-market fit, customer development and legal advice.

To date, the Foundry has supported 19 start-ups who have raised £7m, created 70 jobs and are having a global impact across sectors including retail, medtech, energy, publishing, fintech and more.

The accelerator is based in our Oxford Foundry building on Hythe Bridge street and runs from 18 November 2019 to May 2020.

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Apply online on the Oxford Foundry website. Deadline: 30 September 2019.

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Posted on behalf of AstraZeneca and BBSTEM . Blogged by Claire Chesworth on 20/09/2019.

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The event will be taking place in Granta Park, Cambridge on Wednesday, 16 October. Apply through the Eventbrite form.

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Posted on behalf of Mewburn Ellis . Blogged by Claire Chesworth on 20/09/2019.

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Blogged by Julia Sadler on 18/09/2019.

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Week 3: 

  • Monday 21 October – 14:15-15:30 Career lounge on Fast Stream Applications  Careers Adviser-led chat and questions from the audience on application process.
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Week 6: 

  • Thursday 21 November – 13:45-17:00 Civil Service Policy Game: Interactive role-play to provide policy advice for Minister’s decision. Booking essential

Week 7: 

  • Friday 27 November –  Civil Service Interview Support: Only for candidates continuing in the process, one-to-one advice sessions: booking essential.

Week 8:

  • Friday 3 December – Civil Service Interview Support: Only for candidates continuing in the process, one-to-one advice sessions: booking essential.
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