Personal Development Planning Policy Summary Version
Personal Development Planning (PDP) is:
A structured and supported process undertaken by an individual to reflect upon their own learning, performance and/or achievement and to plan for their personal, educational and career development. (Guidelines for HE Progress Files, QAA 2000)
University Commitment All students will have the opportunity to engage in Personal Development Planning while at the University, as well as having access to tailored support and relevant opportunities. Academic Faculties will ensure that all awards incorporate opportunities for students to engage in PDP activity in accordance with this policy and that all academic and support staff are fully aware of their responsibilities in relation to PDP.
The Key PDP Elements PDP opportunities will be embedded throughout every academic programme and will contain the features outlined below as a minimum, in line with QAA expectations and a consensus regarding the nature of effective PDP practice.
As part of their PDP provision academic tutors will: From the outset, introduce students to the ideas underpinning PDP, its purpose and long-term benefits. Outline the opportunities for PDP (curriculum-embedded and tutorial-based) at the start of the award. Provide students with opportunities for PDP at each stage or level of the award. Explain the rationale for PDP at different stages or levels of the award. Provide advice and guidance to students engaged in PDP processes. Signpost employability enhancing activities and opportunities available at the University and make referrals
to support staff across the institution (for example, Counselling and the Library) as appropriate.
All students will have an opportunity to engage in the following key PDP elements (or activities): Skills auditing (subject-specific or professional as well as transferable skills) and identification of skills
development needs. Work on skills identified as areas for development. Identification and setting of appropriate goals and planning of longer-term personal, educational and career
development. Consideration of personal development in a holistic sense, encompassing all areas of ones experience
(academic, work-related, social and personal). Continuous reflection on learning, skills and personal development, and to review plans in the light of
progress over time. Linking PDP activities with the development of career-planning and -management skills (see University
Employability Policy). The opportunity to develop a PDR (Personal Development Record) or a learning port folio containing
pon in job or further study applications.
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All awards will make explicit the rationale for how PDP is made available to students on the award.
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Personal tutoring. Elements embedded in the curriculu Use of a PDP e-learning resource.
All students should have the opportunity to engage in PDP through all of the above where appropriate; however, the balance between personal tutoring-facilitated PDP and PDP embedded in the curriculum may vary according to the Faculty/subject discipline.
The Key PDP ElementsAccess to PDP Opportunities