Why it’s important
Project management is important for all of us who work in universities for several reasons:
1. Efficient use of resources: including funding, equipment, and personnel. Project management helps ensure that these resources are used effectively and efficiently.
2. Meeting deadlines: This is particularly important when there are grant or funding requirements that need to be fulfilled.
3. Collaboration among multiple researchers, staff, and departments. Project management helps ensure that everyone is working together effectively and efficiently towards a common goal.
4. Risk management: Projects in universities can be complex and involve many uncertainties. Project management helps identify potential risks and develop plans to mitigate them.
5. Quality control: To ensure that the research is conducted to the highest standards of quality.
6. Communication with stakeholders, such as funding agencies, institutional leaders, and the public. Project management helps ensure that communication is clear, effective, and timely.
In summary, project management is important for us because it helps ensure that projects are completed on time, on budget, and to the highest standards of quality. It also helps facilitate collaboration, risk management, and effective communication.
Project management skills are also highly transferable within the research context in any organisation, within the HE environment, and for roles in other sectors. Benefits from time spent developing such skills include increased effectiveness in your current role, and a broader range of career prospects.
How we can help
Here are some ways that we can support you in developing your project management skills: