Springboard Women’s Development Programme

OCSLD will be running the award-winning Springboard Women’s Development Programme starting in November.  Lunchtime talks, open to anyone interested, will take place from 12.30 pm -1.30 pm on
3rd September – Wheatley EL11
9th September – Harcourt BG25
16th September – Gipsy Lane G110
This is a personal and work development course for non-management/junior management women which enables them to analyse their skills, abilities, qualities, values and experience, set and achieve goals in whatever areas of work and personal life are relevant for them.  It has an excellent track record of effectiveness in a variety of organisations and is currently run in about 20 universities.  At Brookes the course is open to any staff (in either support or academic roles) up to and including Grade 8.  There are no pre-requirements for attendance, except an interest in developing and making changes.  A 10 year survey of the benefits (with 600 respondents), showed:
  • 80.5% respondents had increased self-esteem and confidence
  • 79% had evidence of being better at managing change
  • 78% had taken more responsibility
  • 77.5% had evidence of greater assertiveness
  • 71% had greater motivation at work
  • 64.5% had received favourable comments in their formal appraisal
Many benefits come up to a year after the course as participants take responsibility for their own development, and work on the goals they have set.  For organisations, there are clear benefits of increased motivation and stimulation of the talent pipeline.

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About the author

Rhona Sharpe

Rhona is Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development at Oxford Brookes University. Her interests are around developing and tutoring online courses, developing learners for a digital age, and  pedagogic research. Rhona is one of the co-founders of ELESIG (Evaluation of Learners’ Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group), a Senior Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow. She is Editor of the Brookes eJournal for Learning and Teaching.

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