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Project Support Unit (PSU)

The Project Support Unit (PSU), based in the Research & Enterprise Services (RES) division, is part of the Professional Services Team at Lancaster University.


The Project Support Unit supports Lancaster University staff with their business engagement and enterprise activity through a wide range of business support projects, delivered by dedicated teams based in departments across campus and at external organisations.

We provide them with a high quality secretariat service designed to help them apply for funding, manage their projects, submit claims and pass audits. Projects worth over £90M have already been contracted under the 2014-2020 European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) and Local Growth Deal Grant funding programmes.

The Project Support Unit’s Claims Team’s role is to process and submit claims on behalf of the projects as well as provide data support to projects during applications, extensions and reprofiles.

The Project Support Unit’s Timesheet Team’s role is to manage the TS2000 timesheet system and support its project team-based users.

The Project Support Unit's Compliance and Monitoring Team’s role is to support and advise project teams on matters of compliance with funding rules, check evidence ahead of claims being submitted, coordinating responses to audit requests and overseeing the archiving of closed project evidence.

Our Services

The PSU provides a range of pre and post award services that facilitate the University's business engagement and enterprise activity, including:

  • Identification of new Knowledge Exchange funding streams
  • Management of and assistance in applications for funding
  • Overseeing the University's delivery of ESIF (European Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund and INTERREG) projects, and wider funding steams for knowledge exchange and the Health Innovation Campus
  • Liaison with funding bodies
  • Development of project management procedures
  • Development of supporting ICT systems
  • Project management support
  • Project monitoring and reviews
  • Advice and guidance to Project Managers, Project Administrators and delivery teams
  • Training and induction of knowledge exchange staff

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Contact Us

For further information please contact:

Paula Lowrey-Owen

Knowledge Exchange Administration Manager