Risk and Project Assurance Team
The key aim of the Risk and Project Assurance Team is to provide a high level of confidence across the University in relation to University objectives and strategic initiatives. They work in partnership with Academic Colleges and Professional Services across the organisation to provide a project assurance and risk management function. They are responsible for fostering and growing the project management community and culture within the University, for administering risk assessment processes and also ensuring that more active risk management is conducted across the University. The team provides professional project and risk management oversight of all major projects in delivery and ensures the successful implementation of externally funded projects and activities critical to the delivery of the University’s Strategic Plan.
The team endeavours to:
- provide project assurance and risk assessment for major externally funded projects
- ensure that there is an effective operational link between projects and the Senior Management of the University
- develop and sustain an effective risk management culture within the University
- champion professional project management across the University
The team will achieve this by:
- forging strong and positive professional relationships
- growing project management professionalism
- facilitating a proactive risk management culture
The team is responsible for the development and maintenance of the University’s Project Management Framework. They have achieved the highly considered APM (Association for Project Management) Corporate Accreditation status on behalf of the University. This means that the organisation considers the APM Body of Knowledge and Competence Framework as lead references in all project management activities. Staff are supported through APM qualifications and membership, with a variety of CPD opportunities available. For more information see the Guide to Project Management Upskilling which is available on our SharePoint site alongside frameworks, procedure and template documentation.
The University has a Risk Management Policy which explains the University’s underlying approach to risk management and documents the roles and responsibilities of Council and its sub-committees, the Senior Management Team (SMT) and other key parties. The policy also outlines key aspects of the risk management process and identifies the main reporting procedures.
The Risk and Project Assurance Team aims to provide a high level of confidence to the University and will endeavour to ensure that the University can continue to embrace innovation whilst being reassured that there are robust and independent evaluations and controls in place.