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.

What we do

The Strategic Projects Office (SPO) lead and inspire change and continuous improvement, managing projects and supporting others to deliver projects, in order to achieve the University’s Strategic Plan. The Strategic Projects Office supports you by:

  • Providing training, support, mentoring and encouragement
  • Facilitating collaborative working both across the University and externally
  • Providing project management and review services to department, professional services and faculties
  • Setting project standards and project governance
  • Supporting the University in project proritisation and monitoring or projects with the Strategic Project Portfolio

We can help you with

  • Developing Project ideas (.pdf, Essex users only)
  • Completing Project Management Framework documentation and preparing for project committees
  • Collaborating with other project managers through our Project Managers Network
  • Identifying and using the appropriate tools (.pdf, Essex users only) to support the
    development of your project
  • Running Lean and Process Reviews for both strategic and local projects
  • Identifying opportunities to use SUMS consultancy to support you in providing insight and recommendations to address challenges and new project ideas

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.