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Managing Complex Research Projects


Aimed at more experienced researchers through to Research Fellows and Professors and delivered over 2 sessions of 3 hours each, this course provides a toolbox of techniques to help manage complex and collaborative research projects, and introduces ideas, methods and practical tools that can be used both pre- and post-award.

You must be able to attend both sessions.

The major factor that makes research projects complex is typically not only the research itself, but the management of the work and the people involved. These sessions highlight techniques to plan more effective project communication within a collaborative environment and run more efficient research projects.

It takes previously learned fundamentals from Fistral Project Management courses to a greater depth, and introduces more advanced techniques for estimating, scheduling and tracking for research project management.

Building on past learning, practical experience and recommended pre-work, participants will work in groups to undertake exercises to practice and reinforce the learning, and will be encouraged to discuss and reflect on real-life problems they are encountering in their own projects.

Who should attend?
University of Warwick Research Active Staff (staff on Research-focused, Teaching-focused and Research and Teaching contracts).

A basic/introductory level of project management knowledge is recommended. You may want to look at the Project Management Essentials programme as an alternative Project_Management_Essentials (

Please note Leadership and Management Development do not accept applications from postgraduate taught students( PGT) or postgraduate researchers (PGR). For PGT please refer to Student Opportunity for training. For PGR please refer to Researcher Development and SkillsForge for a complete list of training available.

Workshop enables Research Active Staff (RAS) to:

By the end of the workshop staff will have

  • Understood the process of good communications planning and learned techniques to improve project communication within a collaborative research environment.
  • Identified resource involvement (not just ‘task’ assignment) helping to clarify project roles and responsibilities.
  • Become aware of techniques for more effective time estimation and contingency calculation.
  • Learned advanced sequencing and scheduling techniques to manage collaboration more efficiently.
  • Been shown methods to help managing work and sharing resources across multiple projects or work packages.
  • Applied the tools and techniques to a research-based case study.
  • Participated in group discussion and reflection on application.

Workshop Pre-work:
Any pre-work will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop

Workshop Details

Part 1: 27 February 2023

Part 2: 06 March 2023

Both modules will run from 09:00 to 12:00 on Microsoft Teams

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This workshop is in two parts. You must be able to attend both parts of the workshop

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