Performance Development Review (PDR)

Your PDR is a Performance and Development Review. All members of staff are required to participate in an annual review of their performance and professional and personal development. PDRs compliment the more regular reviews that are usually held with line managers.

The Performance Development Review (PDR) is an opportunity to:

  • Review the past year, identifying successes and problems
  • Plan for the future, taking into consideration the objectives of the College or Professional Service
  • Identify learning and development opportunities

Benefits of PDR for the individual:

  • A formal opportunity to review progress and plan for future activity and development
  • An exchange of experience and feedback at both personal and professional levels
  • Clarification of roles and responsibilities
  • Opportunity to suggest improvements and changes
  • A formal record of experience and learning over time

Benefits of PDR for the College/Professional Service/team:

  • Improved communications
  • Identification and pursuit of common goals
  • Better planning for learning and development on an individual, College/Professional Service or University-wide basis
Staff category

Academic

(Education and Research; Education and Scholarship)
Research Fellow job familyProfessional Services 
Timetable
  • April-June: Planning and completion of PDR form
  • July-August: PDR meetings conducted
  • August-September: PDR forms completed and sent to Dean (varies with College)
  • Between September and the following April: a mid-term review is held to revisit the PDR plans
  • April-June: Planning and completion of PDR form
  • June-July: PDR meetings conducted
  • July-August: PDR forms completed and sent to Dean (varies with College)
  • April-June: Planning and completion of PDR form
  • June-July: PDR meetings conducted
  • July-August: PDR forms completed and sent to College Registrar/ Service Director
Guidance
Forms

Reviewers are required to go through job description/further particulars with new starters and agree key objectives of role, these are to be recorded on the reviewee's PDR document within three months of start date.

Depending upon the staff you are reviewing, you will need to undertake different training.

Staff category

Academic
(Education and Research; Education and Scholarship; Research job family)

Research Fellow job family onlyProfessional Services 
Training PDR and Mentoring Skills for Academic Leads PDR training for Reviewers (Research Fellows) PDR training for Reviewers (Professional Services)

Reviewers are required to go through job description/further particulars with new starters and agree key objectives of role, these are to be recorded on the reviewee's PDR document within three months of start date.