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How do you save a failing project?

05 July 2012

Business experts have shown how a failing project can be salvaged at a recent event run by the Professional Development Team at Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning.

Martyn Bishop, Project Director at WSP, one of the world’s fastest-growing design, engineering and management consultancies, used his first hand experience to illustrate the steps a company can follow to recover what may seem like a failing project. He explained to course members, all alumni of Cardiff’s short course in project management, how they can ensure that they meet and exceed client expectations.

Mr Bishop said: "Project Recovery is such an important skill within project management. This was a great opportunity to pass on some of my experiences to help other project managers with their project difficulties. I was impressed with the attendees and very pleased with the interaction on the day. I am also impressed by the service offered within Cardiff University."

Mike Brooks, newly appointed Director for Executive Education at Cardiff Business School, led workshop discussions where the delegates considered the common types of project failure and the ways in which these could be avoided.

Mr Brooks said: "Continuing professional development, through periodic short programmes like those offered by the Centre for Lifelong Learning, combined with an alumni process, is an essential part of any professional’s ongoing development. Real learning comes from experience and reflection. Events like this ensure we routinely share with one another common concerns and how they can be dealt with."

One of the attendees, Strategic Marketing Director Daniel Thorley said: "The event was excellent. The speakers really helped to engage the audience with the topic and the workshop sessions ensured that it was interactive. I have attended Cardiff University Innovation Network events before and I am impressed by the events held at the University."

Anyone who attends a Cardiff University short course in Project Management becomes part of the Alumni and is invited to other regular events like this one. To find out more about the Project Management Alumni and the short courses offered by the University please contact

Note to editors

1. For further details on the Project Management Alumni please visit or contact Abi Harwood in the Professional Development Team on 029 2087 9119 or email  

2. Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning
Cardiff University is the largest provider of adult education in Wales.  The Centre provides around 400 Lifelong Learning Courses a year. The Professional Development Team (PDT) provides short courses for business, public sector employers and the individual. The Centre also provides business language training at all levels, including translation services and interpreters.  

3. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.  

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For further information contact:

Kelly Cumiskey / Jayne McGill

Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning

Cardiff University

Tel: 029 2087 9330 / 029 2087 6342

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