Strategic Development Team

Swansea University is growing at a tremendous rate with an ambitious Strategic Plan and ever increasing pool of opportunities to prioritise and develop.  The Strategic Development Team within the Unit is responsible for working alongside the Senior Management Team to provide a framework to support the coordination, development and visibility of a range of strategic opportunities that will contribute to the delivery of the University Strategy. 

Working in partnership with the colleges and PSUs, the Strategic Development team support the progression of strategic opportunities, ensuring all projects have the appropriate project management structures, processes and documentation in place; resolving and escalating issues, unblocking obstacles and drafting business plans to ensure the opportunity has the best chance to progress successfully to the implementation stage. Strategic opportunities are those that will have the potential to deliver step-change growth in the scale and quality of University business and will often have a significant impact on regional economic growth.

Recently the team has worked on a wide range of projects including the development of Swansea University Bay Campus, European Investment Bank fund application, Computational Foundry, Natural Resources Wales co-location and collaboration; and the reintroduction of both a School of Education and a Chemistry Department at Swansea University

Strategic Development Team - Roles & Responsibilities

Strategic Opportunities

 Strategic Opportunities Programme Management

  • Lead the development and delivery of a strategy, framework and process through which the University prioritises and manages its strategic development opportunities. Ensure that the University has a coherent coordinated portfolio of development opportunities that are aligned with the University’s strategy and ambition
  • Horizon scan and network internally to capture opportunities and surface great ideas that support the delivery of the University strategy
  • Develop and maintain a major opportunities database
  • Enable the effective oversight and monitoring of key strategic opportunities ensuring visibility to the Senior Management Team
  • Provide high level support and project championing including the provision of advice and assistance to relevant Academic and Professional Services staff in the resolution of issues and the management of risks

Supporting Development of Major Strategic Opportunities

  • Provide direct support for the setup and progression of key strategic opportunities in the pre-implementation stage of development ensuring all projects and activities have the appropriate project management structures, processes, resources, stakeholder engagement and documentation in place in accordance with standards set out in the University’s Project Management Framework in order to ensure smooth transition
  • Assist the Project Sponsor (PI) with the resolution and escalation of issues, and the unblocking of barriers or obstacles to ensure success
  • Ensure projects are properly scoped and costed in order to make the implementation phase as smooth as possible
  • Produce concept papers, business plans and funding proposals for potential funders including UK and Welsh Government, the Welsh European Funding Office and the European Investment Bank as required
  • Develop high quality written material to support internal and external communication and marketing
  • Provide matrix management, bringing together and coordinating the work of interdisciplinary teams, that may include external stakeholders and consultants as appropriate, to support the development of strategic opportunities and the crafting of project plans and business cases
  • Direct the University Strategic Development Programme Board, consisting of members of the University Senior Management team, producing highlight reports, escalating issues and decisions and ensuring delivery of actions

Campus Development

Campus Development Strategy

  • Coordinate the Campus Development Strategy Board, establish appropriate structure and processes to provide visibility and strategic coordination of capital projects, enabling and guiding the executive group to make informed decisions
  • Provision of high level support and advice for highly commercially sensitive projects and activities, providing guidance and information required to progress the projects

External Engagement

External engagement

The team develops and maintains networks with senior representatives of a range of external organisations and agencies, including the European Union, UK and Welsh Government, Welsh European Funding Office, local government, other higher education and further education providers and regional employers in connection with the University’s strategy that may lead to the identification of strategic opportunities.

Key Contacts

Lisa Boat

Programme Manager: Strategic Development

Rheolwr Rhaglen: Datblygu Strategol


Ken Blackie

Strategic Development Manager

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Claire Gosby

Project Officer (Strategic Development)

Swyddog Prosiect (Datblygu Strategol)