A half-day virtual PMO Conference focused on overcoming the challenges experienced by PMOs in Higher Education today.



Focused on Higher Education

Half Day Virtual Conference

Bringing PMO Professionals Together

Connect with PMO Peers

PMO:HE 2024

Key Challenges and Opportunities in PMO and Higher Education Today

Portfolio Management and PMO in Higher Education

Starting a New PMO – the Strategic Investment Portfolio

Technology and Tooling in the Portfolio PMO

Change Management in HE

The Agenda


8.45 - 9.00am

Virtual Conference Doors Open

Get tech ready and join the PMO:HE virtual conference early. Get comfortable and focused, we kick off at 9am on the dot


9.00 - 9.30am

Welcome and Introduction to PMO:HE

Embark on a half day of insight and collaboration as we kick off this exclusive virtual conference, uniting Higher Education PMO professionals. Join us in shaping the future of PMO in academia and lay the groundwork for a lasting community and specialist interest group that will extend our connections far beyond the confines of this event. Together, let’s build a network that propels us towards excellence in Higher Education PMOs.

Introduced by the House of PMO with a welcome from Dr Nalayini Thambar. Director of Planning, Performance and Strategic Change at the University of Nottingham.



9.30am - 9.45am

Key Challenges and Opportunities in PMO and Higher Education Today

The first session sets the scene for the day, delving into the pressing issues that shape the landscape for professionals in PMOs within educational institutions. In this informative and facilitated interactive session, we take a look at the challenges and obstacles to overcome and the opportunities that exist for PMOs to add real sustainable value for our institutions.


A facilitated session which provides attendees with the opportunity to contribute and share which areas the community needs to focus on to future-proof PMOs in HE.



9.45am - 10.00am

Comfort Break

First break of the day and a time to grab a drink and snack, or stay online for post-session chats



10.00am - 10.30am

Introduction to Portfolio Management and PMO

One of the top challenges that many higher education institutions face is prioritising which projects and programmes get delivered. In this session, we dive into the intricacies of Portfolio Management, ePMO, and best practices which help PMOs bring a structured approach and much-needed consistency in strategic planning, governance, performance and change.


The session focuses on both the best practice approaches in portfolio management and PMO and the realities of both of those in Higher Education institutions today.


Eileen Roden, leading PPM and PMO authority, brings the best practice approaches whilst Zoe O’Toole, The Happy PMO Leader, brings her experiences working in Higher Education.


10.30am - 10.45am

Technology and Tooling in the Portfolio PMO

We take a look at the technology and tools which can support portfolio management activities institution-wide. The session gives an overview to what is possible for PMOs today.

Gero Renker, Director at Program Framework


10.45am - 11.00am

Comfort Break

Second break for more refueling or join in the extended chat as we unpick the morning so far.


11.00am - 11.30am

PMO Case Study – Multi-Model PMO

In 2022, the University of Nottingham decided on a portfolio approach to its big impactful and complex (strategic) projects.  There was already a well-established PMO function within our Digital & Technology Services unit and one being developing within Estates and Facilities.  The “new” Strategic Investment Portfolio contains initiatives that cover digital and estates, as well as other programmes; whereas DTS and Estates PMOs also need to focus on oversight of smaller service specific projects.  


The University have spent the past year or so working out how better to align the activities, how best to collaborate for efficiency and effectiveness and how to build appropriate data flows to ensure evidence informed decision making.  This case study will look at the challenges and opportunities in accommodating a multi model PMO approach.


Moira Petrie, Director of Projects and Change at the University of Nottingham


11.30am - 11.45am

Addressing the Key Challenges in the PMO and Higher Education Today

Delegates will be working together on a facilitated session to uncover shared ideas and spark new thinking on what PMOs can be doing right now as well as planning for the future.


11.45am - 12noon

Comfort Break

Final break of the conference



12noon - 12.20pm

Change Isn’t Easy in Higher Education – What Can the PMO Do?

Final session of the day, guaranteed to make you feel energised and fired up, ready to tackle challenges head on and looking forward to making real practical changes and interventions to make your PMO a force for good in your university and institution.

Susie Palmer-Trew, Really Smashing Change Leadership Facilitator, Speaker and Author




12.20pm - 12.30pm

What Next for PMO:HE?

As the first conference draws to a close, we will explore the path forward as we chart next steps in building a lasting community of like-minded professionals, dedicated to fostering collaboration, continuous learning, and mutual support beyond the conference.

House of PMO with Andy Nolan, Director of Property, Space and Development, University of Nottingham




Frequently Asked Questions

Get in touch if you have a question that needs answering!

Where will the event be held?

It takes place virtually, we’ll be using MS Teams for the conference

Are there any discounts available for individuals?

There are two ways for you to save. Take advantage of the Early Bird rate, this is the cheapest ticket available. If those tickets have been sold out, consider becoming a member of the House of PMO, you will receive a discount on your ticket.

Is the conference just open for those working in Universities and Higher Education institutions?

No, the conference is open to any PMO practitioners who thinks they will benefit from the sessions outlined on the agenda. The conference of course is heavily focused on higher education institutions but should benefit any organisation which is developing PMOs, specifically with a portfolio management focus.

I'd like to have my team attend, are there discounts available?

If you are a corporate member of the House of PMO, there are free tickets available for you based on your tier of membership. Please ensure you are logged into the website before making your purchase to see how many free tickets are available.

As a coporate member you can purchase additional tickets (over your free ticket allocation) at a reduced rate too.

I will need to raise a purchase order, how do I purchase my ticket/s?

You can make a ticket booking with your purchase order number included.

Get in touch if you need details of the House of PMO to add to your procurement systems or you need a quotation in order to raise the purchase order.