University of Bath

Managing projects at Bath

Learn about the University’s approach to project management and the resources available to help staff manage projects.


The Vice-Chancellor’s Group has approved a standard approach to project management to ensure University projects are managed consistently. We encourage you to read this guidance and use the project management templates and resources.

These resources:

  • explain the University’s project methodology
  • will assist you with scoping, planning, managing and reporting University projects
  • provide templates for documenting each project stage

Project stages

Project stages 1-5 are defined as:

  • Stage 1: Rationale, Business Case preparation and approval (Why is this plan necessary? What options are there?)
  • Stage 2: Project Plan preparation and approval (What are we going to do?)
  • Stage 3: Project implementation and monitoring progress
  • Stage 4: Evaluation (How did we do?)
  • Stage 5: Future plans (Refer back to the original Business Case and ask 'What’s next?')

These stages fit with the University’s Change Management Toolkit.



Project scope, planning and approval

Stage 1: Preparation and Approval of Business Case

Stage 2: Preparation and Approval of Project Plan

Implementation and monitoring

Stage 3: Project implementation and monitoring of progress

These templates enable project managers to keep a record of risks, actions, issues and decisions during projects.

Changes and exceptions

Evaluation and closure

Evaluating the project and sharing any lessons learned is an important part of all projects.