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Every member of staff should have the opportunity to have an annual PDR. 
- Professor Richard Hobbs, Head of Department.

The department's Better Workplace Group works towards ensuring the department is a supportive and encouraging environment for all staff and students. These resources have been collated by group members and our HR team to help you make the most of your PDR.

What is a PDR?

The Personal Development Review (PDR) is a chance to review and appraise your development as a staff member. It is intended as a constructive and proactive approach to the management and development of staff within the organisation, and should be viewed as a two-way process between the reviewer (often the named line manager) and reviewee.

What are the advantages of having a PDR?

Broadly speaking the review:

  • Is an opportunity to reflect on any achievement of, or progress against, agreed objectives and development goals and summarises achievements since the last review.
  • Allows mutual agreement, between both parties, of clear work objectives and clarifies expectations
  • Identifies any development needed to enable reviewees to do their jobs to the agreed standards and to develop capabilities needed in the context of becoming a rounded and capable member of the department.

Competency and development frameworks:

This is an opportunity to identify areas of personal development, to gain a broader range of skills you will need in order to succeed. Competency and development frameworks can provide a structured way to approach this: