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Personal Development Review (PDR)

Personal Development Review

About the PDR

The Personal Development Review is designed to support staff by encouraging constructive and supportive conversations between an individual and their line manager or reviewer.

The conversation should provide:

  • a ‘look back’, allowing staff to capture and reflect on achievements, contributions, and development during 2023-24

  • a 'look forward' to 2024-25 to agree future goals and any development or support required.

The University’s values and behavioursLink opens in a new window provide a helpful framework to reflect on. They help us to be at our best and to deliver effectively on the refreshed strategyLink opens in a new window, making it possible for Warwick and its people to thrive.

What do I need to know?

This year’s approach is very similar to last year’s. Line managers, or nominated reviewers, are encouraged to hold PDR conversations with their reviewees between 22 May and 31 July 2024. We suggest that most conversations will take around an hour.

You will need to have completed a PDR to be considered for a contribution awardLink opens in a new window.

What support is there?

You’ll find supporting documentation and guidance on this webpage to help you have effective conversations.

Before the meeting, everyone should take time to get ready for their PDR. Complete the necessary parts of the document and send it to your manager at least a week before your PDR meeting.

You can speak to your manager or the person completing your PDR if you’re unsure about any part of the form.

What are the benefits of PDR?

The PDR conversation with your line manager or reviewer is a valuable and ideal opportunity to:

  • Recognise your achievements over the past year and how your contributions are supporting Warwick’s strategic goals
  • Review how any development undertaken has supported your contributions and impact
  • Look forward together and connect individual goals and aspirations for the coming year with the aims of the team, department, and the wider University
  • Identify potential development opportunities that will further equip you to deliver, both now and in the future
  • Discuss career plans if you wish