Last year our Business Sprint programme was sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Enterprise Rent A Car is an global company with over 7200 locations in over 30 countries. Enterprise Rent-A-Car was first thought of by Jack Taylor, an ex WW2 pilot in 1957. He started the idea with a fleet of seven cars and the company has gone from strength to strength since then. Enterprise Rent A Car work closely with the University of Plymouth and their opportunities include industrial placements (a year in industry), summer internships and a Graduate Management Scheme.

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

Sprint is for undergraduate women of all ages, from all backgrounds, and stages in their professional lives and study. Regardless of subject, department or career aspirations, Sprint will help women achieve their goals.

Why women students only?

The argument nationally is quite compelling:

  • According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies by the age of 29 female graduates with degrees only earn slightly more than men of the same age without degrees.
  • According to HESA (DLHE 2017/18) the gender pay gap for graduates across all organisations is 9.1 per cent.

Are you an employer?

Want to find out how you can be part of this programme? View our employer information.

Contact careers@plymouth.ac.uk for further details.

The Sprint programme is an action-packed four-day programme for undergraduate women currently studying at the University, designed to help you take control of your personal development.

Our licensed trainers from the Careers Service will guide you through the programme where you will explore and develop your skills and increase your confidence in a safe environment.

You will meet other like-minded undergraduates and industry professionals from a range of areas and a variety of backgrounds.

The Sprint programme will help you:

  • learn how to use your personal power and influence
  • identify your core values, attitudes and direction
  • manage your time effectively, learn how to cope with stress and change and foster a healthy lifestyle
  • engage with inspiring role models and industry professionals
  • build your image, networking skills and confidence.
Delivering Sprint in collaboration with employers our licensed trainers from the Careers Service are Sarah Plunkett and Pippa Waller


To apply for Sprint, log into myCareer, search in events and complete the application form online. 

Places are free but are limited. Please note you must be available to attend all four days. Contact careers@plymouth.ac.uk for further details. 

When is it?

Dates and times to follow - watch this space!

Sprint – what a success!

The Sprint programme delivers outcomes that make a difference. These are the results from last year’s programme:

  • 91% agreed the course will enable students to make the best of themselves.
  • 93% of students felt more optimistic and positive.
  • 98% of students agreed that meeting and working with different women was helpful.
  • 91% agreed that they are more likely to approach challenges positively.
  • 91% agreed that hearing from the guest speakers was beneficial.

Emma, a talent acquisition specialist, was one of our inspirational guest speakers from Enterprise-Rent-A-Car. Emma was a very motivated and enthusiastic role model for our students and offered a lot of career support. Emma spoke about her challenges as a women in a male dominated industry and inspired a lot of the students to never give up!


What students had to say

"Really inspiring. I gained so much from it in terms of networking, sharing experiences and self-confidence, I’m so grateful for the opportunity."

"I enjoyed learning skills I thought I already had but realised I had been addressing wrong. I enjoyed sharing experiences and discovering new strengths."

"I had an amazing time connecting and growing with the other incredible women on the programme. I learnt a lot about myself and how to present myself to others in a more positive light."

"I enjoyed the extensive workshop and applied what I learnt into my life."

"I learned a lot about myself, realised some things need to be said and sorted out. I also met great people."

"Overall the Sprint programme was very helpful in helping me understand strengths and weaknesses, also it is very empowering to be taught in a more holistic manner. Recommended for all genders."

"I absolutely loved the programme. I have made some amazing friends who I now socialise with outside of Sprint. I have really enjoyed having these sessions to focus on myself and my goals, providing advice and help to others. The programme has taught me so much and I would do it all over again."

Sprint adds value to the overall experience for undergraduates and post graduates, improves employability, and helps to ensure that each woman has the best possible chance to develop their full potential. 

It can also help to:

  • contribute to creating a talent pool/pipeline of female undergraduate students,
  • access students who may not yet have considered you as an employer,
  • raise profile of your organisation on campus and engage with the university in a unique way; featuring on the website (staff profiles etc.) and marketing materials,
  • contribute to your organisations corporate social responsibility and diversity/inclusion strategy outside of graduate recruitment initiatives,
  • offer staff development opportunities; guest speakers, panel members.

What is the role of the sponsor?

This can be negotiated but the organisation typically provides:

  • funding towards the cost of running the programme,
  • three inspirational speakers for each of the days,
  • two three panel members for the final day,
  • provision of logo to put on feature on the website and in marketing.

Caitlin with her National Women in Property Student Award


Our licensed trainers from the Careers Service are Sarah Plunkett and Pippa Waller