Vitae event: Project management in the Real World

University of Central Lancashire (Preston), 18th and 19th March, 09.30-16.30.

This FREE course is primarily aimed at research staff although final year PhD students may also be able to attend

A comprehensive introduction to the process of managing projects and the tools to assist in planning and tracking progress; this course is intended to be immediately applicable to planning and managing a research project as well as commercial projects. It covers the theory and principles of project management within the context of the Project Management Institute.

During this 2-day course, participants will:

  • Learn the basics of the project planning process and receive a set of checklists and guidelines that you can use immediately on any project
  • Appreciate the fundamental principles of a well-led and well directed project, such as identifying and scheduling tasks, activities, milestones and understanding and managing stakeholders
  • Be aware of the critical factors that will influence whether a project will be successful or not, including identifying and managing risk
  • Follow a case study from initial conception through to full project initiation and implementation using practical, group-based exercises to reinforce and enhance the skills learned
  • Create work breakdown structures, network diagrams, critical path analysis, Gantt charts and other techniques that ensure robust project control

Prerequisites: None

Booking terms and conditions: Participants will be required to attend the course in full and will be asked to write a short report about the course for their institution. Only one place is available on this course per regional institution. If you are interested in attending, please contact your institutional representative, Jim Boran (


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