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Engineering Project Academy


The Engineering Project Academy is home to project management academics and professionals, staff and students at the University of Leeds. Through the development of excellence in both people and organisations delivering projects, the Academy leads significant change across the Engineering Sector.

The Academy promotes the professional values of honesty and integrity with all of our partners and the creation of a challenging and enjoyable learning and knowledge sharing organisation that promises to always develop trust and be respectful of others.


Education and Professional Practice for Engineering Project Management

Professor Denise Bower

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Academy News Flash:

We extend our warm congratulations to Advisory Board member Shane Forth, Head of Project Controls at AMEC Clean Energy Europe, who won the Geoffrey Timble Award at the APM Project Management Awards 2013 on 4 November. This award recognises the best Master’s post-graduate dissertation submitted for consideration during the year.

Shane says: 'During the mid-1970s my boss told me about the origins of network techniques in the late 1950s in the USA, including Critical Path Analysis at duPont and PERT on the Polaris Missile program. These stories interested, excited and inspired me and now almost 40 years later, with my career in project management and following participation in the University of Manchester Project Management Professional Development Programme (PMPDP) through my employer (AMEC), I am absolutely delighted to have received this award for my MSc dissertation entitled An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Network Analysis Techniques in the Engineering and Construction Industry.

Shane Forth ar APM awards








Other Academy News:

On 20 December 2013, The Major Projects Association announced that Professor Denise Bower, Director of the Engineering Project Academy, had been appointed as the Executive Director of the Major Projects Association. She will also continue in her role as Director of The Engineering Project Academy. We look forward to the opportunities this will provide to further strengthen links between academia and industry.

Denise will sit on the judging panel for the Wolfson Economics Prize 2014. The prize will be awarded to the entrant who offers the best answer to the question “How would you deliver a new Garden City which is visionary, economically viable, and popular?” For more information click here.

In 2013 she was appointed to the Construction Industry Strategy Advisory Council. As part of a team of top industry figures she will work with government on the Industry Strategy for Construction and she has recently been commissioned by the Department of Transport to assess the adequacy of professional skills in Local Councils to implement the £6m Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme which runs until 2018.

HM Department for Business Innovation and Skills published it's policy paper Construction 2025: Strategy in July 2013. It sets out a vision and a plan for long-term strategic action by government and industry to continue to work together to promote the success of the UK construction sector and mentions that the IUK Routemap (developed with the EPA) is central to delivering the savings.


Left: Shane with his Award (Copyright APM)