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Strategic Projects Office

Project one stop shop

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The one stop shop (.pdf, Essex users only) is a guide for Project Managers. It outlines the work required at the different stages of a project, together with toolkits, templates and guides for each piece of work.

The services we provide to the University:

The Strategic Projects Office leads and inspires change and continuous improvement, manages projects and supports others to deliver projects, in order to contribute to the achievement of the University’s Strategic Plan.

The Strategic Projects Office supports you by:

  • Providing training, support, mentoring and facilitation of networks for those involved in projects and continuous improvement activities
  • Facilitating collaborative working both across the University and externally
  • Providing project management and review activities across the University
  • Setting and maintaining project standards and project governance
  • Supporting the University to prioritise and monitor projects within the Strategic Project Portfolio

We can help you with…

PMF Framework guide

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The Project Management Framework (PMF) guide (.pdf, Essex users only) walks you through the entire project approval process, from how to fill in a mandate, right through to closing your project.


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We run a regular training programme covering topics such as Project Management, Lean, Benefits Management, Change Management and Process Mapping. All courses are advertised through HR organiser.

Project first steps

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The project first steps guide (.pdf, Essex users only) explains how to turn an idea for a project into a completed Project Mandate that’s ready to seek approval, including who to talk to and what to ask.


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Lean is a methodology used to make improvements to processes and day to day work. Using Lean can help you to identify the work you do that adds value, and remove any wasteful activities.