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Personal Development Review (PDR)

Personal Development Review


The Personal Development Review (PDR) framework is designed to enable all employees to have open and regular conversations with their reviewer about their development, role, contributions, achievements and career aspirations. It is important for managers to check in with their staff to ensure they are well supported and have an opportunity to reflect on their achievements over the past year, as well as identifying goals and development for the coming year.

This year’s approach to PDR is similar to our pre-Covid approach with the time now right for staff to return to considering goals and development more formally. Line managers, or nominated reviewers, are encouraged to hold PDR conversations with their reviewees between 2nd May and 31st August 2023. It is suggested that most conversations will take around an hour, and supporting documentation and guidance are available on this webpage to help enable effective conversations.

Please note that from this year, colleagues will need to have completed their PDR to be considered for contribution awards.  


The development conversation with your line manager or reviewer is hugely important. It is an ideal opportunity to:

  • Recognise your successes and achievements over the past year.
  • Review how any development undertaken 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.

If you would also like to discuss career aspirations, then this is an ideal time to do so.

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