Personal Development and Review (PDR)
The department has launched a Personal Development and Review (PDR) Scheme for administrative, technical and research support staff (who have completed their probationary period). The scheme involves a confidential annual review discussion, which would normally be conducted by an individual’s line manager. Academic and research staff are covered by alternative schemes.
The intention is that the PDR scheme will build on existing staff management processes, such as one-to-one discussions and team meetings, and will form part of a continuing dialogue between an individual and their line manager. The review, apart from passing on information about training needs and other points requiring action by the department, will be kept confidential.
Staff should note that there is no direct link between the scheme and salary, promotion, or discipline, for which there are separate University procedures. If, however, it appears that your job has changed, the PDR can act as a prompt to update your job description.
Reviewers will be contacted to confirm which staff they are due to review. PDRs will be conducted on an annual cycle, which should be completed by 30 September each year. Reviewers should therefore arrange to meet with reviewees during the next two months. The meeting should take place in a venue where you both feel comfortable and where the discussion can take place in confidence. The meeting will generally last around an hour.
Reviewees will need to complete a PDR preparation form (Form A) in advance of the meeting, and a record of review discussion (Form B) following the meeting. Once completed and signed by the reviewee and reviewer, forms should be returned to the HR Manager.