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.
- 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 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.
- PMG1 - The University of Bath's Approach to Project Management
- PMG1a - Illustrative examples of projects
- PMG4 - Project roles and responsibilities (Guidance on project teams and boards)
- Communications (Communicating your message to colleagues across the University)
Project preparation and approval
Stage 1: Rationale, Business Case preparation and approval (Why is this plan necessary? What options are there?)
- PM1 - Business Case (project proposal and rationale)
Stage 2: Project Plan preparation and approval (What are we going to do?)
Implementation and monitoring
Stage 3: Project implementation and monitoring progress
- PM7.1 – Project Status Report (update to the Project Sponsor or Project Board)
These templates enable project managers to keep a record of risks, actions, issues and decisions during projects.
Changes and exceptions
Stage 4: Evaluation (How did we do?)
Evaluating the project and sharing any lessons learned is an important part of all projects.