UCL wins award for pioneering project management course
26 October 2009
UCL has won a prestigious new award for developing a course for people managing the procurement of complex projects in the public and private sectors.
UCL and Local Partnerships received the inaugural British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL) award from the Association for Project Management (APM) at a ceremony in London.
The BNFL award recognises a project or programme that has made an outstanding contribution to the development of project management as a vehicle for effective change.
UCL and Local Partnerships jointly developed the Project Directors' Development Programme (PDDP), which enables project leaders to understand every aspect of the procurement process and equip them with the necessary leadership, communication, decision-making and negotiation skills to lead the delivery of successful projects.
UCL provided the core of the course's structure and content, with Local Partnerships - a joint venture between the Local Government Association and Partnerships UK - providing expert speakers and course administration.
Dr Andrew Edkins, who is UCL's lead academic for the PDDP at the Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management, said: "The PDDP is the first of its type as its approach is centred on executive education where the challenge is in part about new knowledge, but is more an issue of honing and contextualising the knowledge that delegates will have from their set of workplace experiences.
"It was therefore UCL's aim to develop a new course that draws on the knowledge that is held within relevant parts of academia, the practitioner base, and PDDP delegates' experience. We feel we have achieved this and are pleased that the course has been recognised for its contribution to both the economy and society."
For more information about the PDDP follow the links from Local Partnerships above.
Image: the PDDP team from UCL and Local Partnerships