If you identify as a woman and are currently studying at the university, this free two day personal and professional development programme may be for you.
- confidence in recognising your skills and strengths
- personal power (you have more than you think!)
- assertiveness and impact when speaking
- sense of mindfulness and wellbeing
- ability to make personal and professional connections.
- self-doubt and insecurities
- staying in your comfort zone
- gender bias and the ‘glass ceiling effect’.
- 100% would recommend the programme to others
- 100% said it improved their knowledge, understanding and confidence in the topic areas
- 100% said the content was very good/good
- 98% said that the guest speakers were very good/good.
Thank you so very much. I am an outwardly confident women but under the surface I am not. This has allowed me to see that I have so much more potential and that I have a voice- I needed a little push to see that so thank you, it means a lot. I also liked feeling comfortable to speak and share my experiences.
Dates and how to book
Hope Timberlake - Speaker, trainer and author
“Presenting at Bounce! is a very rewarding experience. The students are curious, ambitious, and excited to continue the conversation well after the event. I look forward to the next Bounce! event and sharing my strategy for overcoming imposter syndrome”
Sarah Lawrence - Managing Director of Banana Duck Creative and Co-founder of Boshemia Magazine
"In a world where women still face attempts from every angle to disempower and minimise us, a program designed specifically to do the opposite is a welcome tonic"
Morag Noades - Mindfulness practitioner
"My desire to engage with the University's Bounce! programme comes from my passion to encourage individuals to harness their inner power through not only connecting with their mind but the revolutionary realisation of the power of the heart"
Eileen Elizabeth Espinoza - Academic, Education and Co-founder of Boshemia Magazine
"Inspiring young women and LGBTQ+ identifying folks to live their fullest creative and professional lives is my greatest aim in my work"
Michelle Finlay - Freelance Yoga Teacher and Sound Therapist
“As women, we have a tendency to over-give of ourselves and our energy. I understand the importance of self-care and self-nourishment in order that we can continue doing all the things we love without feeling stressed, overwhelmed and burnt out”
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I would like to attend but I can’t make both days and/or I have an appointment on one of the days that I can’t miss – can I apply?
As mentioned above, it’s really important that everyone please attend the whole of each day. We don’t often take time for ourselves to reflect on, think about and act on things that are happening in our lives and it’s an important part of being able to move on or move forward. As each section of the programme builds on and integrates with the next, attending the full two days gives you and other attendees the maximum amount of time to build new support networks and maximise your learning. If you’re unable to attend the whole of one programme, take a look at our next available dates.
What is the application process?
You need to book your place by logging into MyCareer, or clicking on the link in the dates and how to book section. We will allocate places on a first-come, first-served basis so please make sure you book in good time to give you the best chance at securing a place on the programme. If the programme is full we can add you to a waiting list and inform you if a place becomes available.
Who is the programme suitable for?
of Plymouth student who identifies as a woman can apply for the programme. You
can be studying any subject at any level.
Any University of Plymouth student who identifies as a woman can apply for the programme. You can be studying any subject at any level.
What should I do if I have additional support needs?
Please let us know in advance so that we can
work with you to provide any necessary adjustments. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
and mark it as for the attention of Sarah Plunkett and Katie Finnimore so that
we can liaise with you directly.
Can I bring a friend?
Of course! As long as they are able to attend the full dates, are a University of Plymouth student and identify as a woman they are also welcome to apply. Don’t be afraid to come on your own either, there will be lots of opportunities to make new friends and sometimes it’s easier to discuss things that are on your mind with relative strangers.
How much personal stuff do I have to share?
What, and how much information, you share during
the programme is entirely your choice. Everything discussed as part of the
programme will be kept confidential; the only exception to this would be if
safeguarding issues were raised.
Will you provide lunch?
We will provide refreshments but kindly ask that you bring your own lunch and water. This gives the option and flexibility for you to network freely with other attendees and guest speakers over the lunch break.
How is the programme delivered?
We plan to deliver the sessions in-person on campus. If government guidance changes this will be reviewed.
Who is delivering the programme?
The programme facilitators are Katie Finnimore and Sarah Plunkett, both Career Consultants at the University of Plymouth. They have developed the programme in collaboration with Karen Govier - a senior manager at EDF who has delivered their Women’s Development Programme for the past 12 years and Polly Macpherson (MA SFHEA FRSA.) Polly is the Associate Professor of Design Practice in the school of Art, Design and Architecture and an Advance HE Aurora Mentor and Senior Fellow HEA. She is a firm advocate of gender equality.
I have previously attended the programme, can I sign up again?
You are welcome to sign up, but please be advised that the content will be the same.
Sarah Plunkett – Bounce Lead Facilitator
“My name is Sarah and I am a Careers and Employability Consultant at the University of Plymouth. For the past sixteen years, it has been my mission to help all individuals to discover their purpose, fulfil their potential and find happiness in their lives.
I feel very fortunate to have met, and had the opportunity to support a range of individuals who have experienced substance misuse, emotional and mental illness, and been involved in crime.
During the last recession, I also co-wrote and delivered a week-long course for senior managers, on six-figure salaries who had been made redundant.
Every person is different, but I have always been impressed by individuals' resilience and inner strength, despite facing adversity or difficulties.
Twelve years ago, I began working in higher education and during this time I took the opportunity to experiment, learn and grow; progressing from a practitioner to a Head of Service senior manager role.
Sarah (on the right) with her best friend Clare
I have had my fair share of ups and downs, but when it comes to my career, I have always tried to join the dots, discover what was right for me and stay true to myself. I am super excited to be leading on this programme and in terms of inspirational women the performance artist Marina Abramovic is top on my list, followed by Amanda Palmer and my best friend Clare (who opened up her own business during the lockdown), along with all women who succeeded in their ambitions against the odds.”
Katie Finnimore – Bounce Facilitator
“Hi! I’m Katie and I work as a Careers and Employability Consultant at the University of Plymouth.
I’ve had a deep and personal interest in the personal and professional development of women for many years now, so much so that I made it the topic of my Research Project as part of my Masters.
I am hugely passionate about equitability and accepting individuals to create and pursue their own definition of success, rather than constantly being pressured by societal expectations.
In more recent years this passion has expanded into understanding additional challenges of intersectionality and improving broader equitability such as in relation to race, disability and LGBT+.
I have attended a number of programmes specifically for women both as an attendee and guest speaker as well as delivering programmes.
In my experience you can gain a huge amount from them including deep connections with new friends and have a lot of fun; I’m excited for you to join us on this programme.
Katie with her nan
I have two quotes that I’d like to share with you while you’re thinking about applying to the programme: the first from Baroness Shami Chakrabarti: “Aspire to be anyone’s equal but no-one’s superior” and the second, which I, unfortunately, don’t know who to attribute to: “Behind every strong woman is a pack of strong women who have her back.”
I look forward to meeting you soon.
Kaitlyn Little – Bounce Lead Designer
“Hi, I’m Kaitlyn and I am a third-year Illustration student at the University of Plymouth. I have been working with the Bounce team to design the new branding of this programme, which has been a really fun experience.
For my future, I hope to find a way to combine my creative skills, my experience working with children and my passion for authenticity, inclusivity and acceptance of all in society.
Olivia Way – Bounce intern
“Hello! My name is Olivia, and I am currently a first-year student studying Marketing at the University of Plymouth.
I have been working alongside Sarah and Katie in the development of this programme.
My main role has been to manage the marketing side of the programme, through helping to create an engaging website as well as suggesting content for social media campaigns to encourage students like myself to sign up for this exciting opportunity.
The woman’s development programme aims to help students to overcome the limiting factors which prevent woman for striving for success in the workplace.
The opportunity to sign up for this programme is extremely beneficial is gaining useful skills for the future as well as overcoming personal struggles which many of you may face today.
If you are willing to escape, your comfort zone and support like-minded woman like yourself, sign up today for a chance to navigate your personal and future aspirations! The team at Bounce hope to see you there.”