5 mins with karen

5 minutes with a King’s Online Project Manager

What are you working on at the moment? 

I’ve got four main projects that I’m focused on at the moment.

The LLM International Corporate and Commercial Law is launching next month, so we’re fully in the throws of development and getting into a nice rhythm with the workflow.

There’s another exciting project in the pipeline with The Dickson Poon School of Law, which is top secret at the moment. But I’m enjoying working with the Faculty on another, different project.

We’re running our very successful The Internet of Things MOOC with FutureLearn again in June. Before each run we make some improvements, taking on board students’ feedback from earlier runs and making sure that everything is good to go.

As part of the Shakespeare 400 festival, we’ve partnered with The Globe Theatre and The British Library to develop a new MOOC, Shakespeare: Print and Performance. We’ve got a lot of location shoots scheduled, which is challenging for us to coordinate, but really exciting.  I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished product on this one, I think it’s going to be one of our best efforts yet.

Starting a project vs finishing a project – which do you prefer?

Definitely finishing. What we do here is very creative, and I absolutely love seeing the ideas turn into reality.  I also really enjoy getting feedback on our work, so we can improve and evolve with each programme we work on.

How long have you worked in Project Management?

I have been doing aspects of project management since I started at King’s in 2014. This is my first dedicated role in project management, and I commenced in this post July 2015.

What is a your favourite thing about your job?

The people, without a doubt.  I have the opportunity to work with so many different people on a daily basis, from our creative King’s Online team, to academics, other departments in King’s, and also collaborators from other organisations.  I very much enjoy the variety this brings.

Have you got any tips or tricks on how you keep on top of your projects? 

Communication, that’s my number one priority on all projects.

If you weren’t a Project Manager at King’s Online, what would you be doing? 

In an ideal world?  I would own a vineyard and some goats, one of which would be named Tahluhlah.

Karen getting used to the idea of Tahluhlah... We think she might stick to the world of Gannt charts, spreadsheets and Trello boards for awhile yet!

Karen getting used to the idea of Tahluhlah… We think she might stick to the world of Gannt charts, spreadsheets and Trello boards for awhile yet!

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