Project proposal template

July 20th, 2014 by paul mayes

It’s been a long while since I visited the University of North Texas but I have always kept in touch with their documentation. Recently I used a project proposal template from UNT in a discussion session. The template can be downloaded at

Creative arts student projects

July 13th, 2014 by paul mayes

Recently I have been invloved quite a lot with creative arts higher education and I was especially impressed by a particular guide for students on starting projects that is produced by the University of the Arts. Well worth looking at at

Projects that bring change and demonstating this to stakeholders

July 3rd, 2014 by paul mayes

I am currently advising a college that wants to start a course that will enable participants to show stakeholders that a project will bring real benefits in terms of change.  The course must give the tools to show measurable value to the stakeholders. I have blogged quite a lot in the past about new ways of demonstating benefits and impact. I see the main course components (roughly following the Cranfield approach) as:

  • Identifying and selecting initiatives for change that will guarantee demonstratable benefits
  • How to connect stakeholders to the project
  • Starting  and keeping  initiatives for change on the right track to deliver the promised benefits
  • Improving and showcasing the participant’s  skills as an effective  leader of change.

I will put the full stucture of the new course on Slideshare when the college publicise it

University site

June 23rd, 2014 by paul mayes

I recommended the University of Bristol’s project management website back in 2012 and it continues to be one of the very best examples for any college wishing to introduce such a website. It is available at

Web projects

June 18th, 2014 by paul mayes

This week I have had a query about getting started on a web project. The best guidance I know on managing a web project that is publicly available is from Rutgers University at

Student project template

June 14th, 2014 by paul mayes

It has been quite a long time since I visited Salem State University but it remains an excellent source of ideas and forms on having students apply for project grants at the University. Full details at

Project diary

June 5th, 2014 by paul mayes

I have been using the same template for a project diary (from – formerlygantthead)  since i blogged about it in October 2010. Recently however I have adapted a diary template from the University of Otago (at

Final year projects

May 29th, 2014 by paul mayes

I quite often get asked for guidance on setting student projects, especially final year ones. I now provide both guidance and material to my clients on this but there is a very good publicly-accessible set of material from the University of York Department of Biology at

Kick-off planning

May 21st, 2014 by paul mayes

After two weeks of working on learning outcomes and assessment criteria, I’m now back to helping a college that wants to improve its project planning. By coincidence a US contact sent me today an excellent kick-off planning template from Northwestern University (see . Definitely one to add the 3 sources I have previously mentioned since I started in 2009.

Project staffing plan

May 9th, 2014 by paul mayes

I am gradually archiving to Mediafire all the online sources mentioned in this blog or sources I have used in the past. I was pleased to see a favourite 2006 source I used in various JISC projects is still available (amongst many other useful templates) at I am using this source currently to help with writing a new project staffing plan