Demystifying Project Management

This online webinar will take place via Zoom.

Fees: AUA Member £45+VAT | Non-member £95+VAT

10.00 to 12.30

Thursday, 4 February 2021

About this Event

In recent years the pressures facing higher education professional services staff have intensified. The pace of change in the sector and the increasing challenge to deliver more with less, has created a growing interest in project management approaches and the structured frameworks they offer. 

We have adapted our popular face-to-face session for online delivery. Our online session will cover some of the essential principles of project management, and how they can help the HE professional organise their work more effectively, before moving on to explore the different tools and techniques available.

Using a mix of theory and ​breakout groups, you will be provided an overview of the more traditional ‘waterfall’ methodologies, as well as their newer ‘agile’ competitors. We will look at some benefits and pitfalls of each approach, considering how to apply them to your work projects using a number of tools and techniques, including a few which support collaboration whilst working remotely.

Who is it for?

This workshop is relevant to those looking to improve their understanding of project management.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this session, delegates will be able to:

1. Describe the essential principles of project management

2. Recognise the alternative methodologies available, and the differences between them

3. Appreciate the benefits and risks of different approaches, and choose when to apply them

4. Consider which tools and techniques to apply to their own projects

Interested in becoming an AUA Member? Find out more and how to join here.

Details in brief

Location: Online via Zoom

Date: 4 February 2021

Time: 10:00 to 12.30

Fees: Member £45+VAT | Non-member £95+VAT

Speakers

Esther Bray

Brunel University London

Project Manager

Esther’s background, and passion, is project and programme management. Since graduating from Warwick University she has worked in a variety of project roles in both the public and private sectors. Esther started her career at the London Borough of Hillingdon, working in a Project Management Office. After achieving her PRINCE2 practitioner qualification she moved on to manage a portfolio of people focused projects, primarily in the field of Adult Social Care.

In 2011 Esther moved to the private sector, managing projects where she implemented new software applications in the finance industry. During this time Esther learned the increasingly popular Agile methodology known as ‘Scrum’, and became a certified Scrum Master. In 2015 Esther moved again, this time to the Higher Education sector. She joined Brunel University London as the Projects Officer for the College of Health and Life Sciences, where she is involved in a wide range of interesting projects and is developing the College’s overall project and programme management approach.

Esther is becoming increasingly interested in project management methodologies and, in particular, in adapting these to suit the needs of both the organisation and the project manager.

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