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Making it Count: Resilience and opportunity in large programme management

Date & Time:

18th June 2019
16:30 - 17:00


Meeting Room 2b

In an era of industrial strategies and regional policy, university research project managers are being pushed to look beyond the management of contracts to expand commercial opportunities and deliver tangible impact in public policy. This expanded capability requires the skills of programme management, an ability to horizon-scan, establish strong relationships with key stakeholders and the ability to manage diverse and complex teams.

This panel brings together professionals with experience of managing large, complex and politically sensitive projects. The session will work with participants to map the skills needed in the evolving research environment, identify what capabilities need to be developed, what should be delegated and what common pitfalls to be avoided. Specifically, the workshop will draw upon a range of case-studies to enable participants to evaluate what tools might be needed in different situations: from software solutions, to stakeholder management models, agile project methodologies and CRM systems among many others. Participants will leave with a peer group of contacts, a strategy for managing programme teams and a toolkit for responding effectively in different situations.

Presented by:

Richard Brooks - Lead: Special Projects division, Coventry University

Patrice Ajai-Ajagbe - Programme Officer, Association of Commonwealth Universities


Theme: Project & portfolio management
Level: Leadership
Date: 18th June 2019
Time: 16:30 - 17:00
Room: Meeting Room 2b