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The Advance Programme: Project management for researchers

What is it?

Academic research projects are quite different from the product-based projects you often come across in 'Industry'. Research projects are hypothesis-driven and exploratory; as a result, they may not have clearly defined goals, and unexpected results may alter the course of action at any given time.


There are, however, many valuable tools and technics from the project management tool kit used in industry that can help you with your research project. While keeping creativity intact, project management can help reduce wasted effort, track progress (or lack thereof), and respond quickly to deviations from original aims. These factors can help researchers work smarter with available resources and better compete for funding by demonstrating clarity of research objectives, feasibility, realistic plan and budget which increase the chances of project success resulting in a positive track record for the researcher and the and in turn attract more research funding which is one of the strategic objectives for Royal Holloway.


Project management means allocating, using, and tracking resources to achieve a goal in the desired time frame. For example, in a research setting, goals may include:


•          Obtaining a research grant.

•          Publishing a paper.

•          Planning your sabbatical

•          Completing a set of experiments.

•          Even achieving tenure?


There is an increasing trend, particularly in multi-institutional collaborations, where funding agencies are starting to require clearly stated research objectives, demonstration of feasibility, detailed project management plans and budgeted project manager positions as part of collaborative proposals to ensure the effective functioning of research teams.


Target Audience

Whether you are embarking on an individual project, about to lead a collaborative research team, head of a new research setting, or are tired of improvising, this course will provide you with a systematic approach and valuable tools that will be useful in managing your work as an academic.


Course Objectives

The key objectives are to enhance the participant's skills for efficiently managing research projects from start to finish. As a result, by the end of the course, the participant will be able to:


• Define key project management concepts and apply these to their research project

• Set up and deliver your project for success

• Conduct joint planning sessions if working with a team

• Describes & demonstrate the use of standard project management tools and techniques an academic research setting (including Project charter, Risk & Issues Management, Stakeholder Mapping, Communication Plan, Decision Making, and Budget management)

• Conduct a project health check assessment

•Conduct project after action review


Course Structure

• Essential Project Management concepts for researchers

• Project Initiation for research projects (Setting up a project for success)

• Project Planning for researchers

• Execution and Control for research projects (Including Budget control and Resource Management)

• Research Project Closure & Lessons Learned

• Research Project Health Checks


Pre-Course Work

As an attendee, you are encouraged to come to the course prepared to discuss your research project and ready to apply the methodology to real-life situations you are experiencing.


Programme delivery

This programme is delivered in 2 parts over 2 days. with both parts/days separated by a one or two-week time interval. You will need to be able to commit to attending both days.


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