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PDR Reviewer Training for Academic Colleagues



Leadership and management.


People Management.

About this course:

PDRs should have a focus on wellbeing, development, work goals, challenges and achievements.

PDR conversations need to be supportive, flexible and individualised.

A great PDR is all to do with the quality of the conversation, consequently this workshop will focus more on the conversation than details of the process or forms, which we will ask you to acquaint yourself with before the workshop.

We will explore the purpose of PDRs, how to employ a coaching style and examine your role as reviewer and how this links to you as a Senior Academic Leader.

This course is mandatory for all staff who will conduct PDRs and is most effective if completed a few months before PDRs are planned.

Learning outcomes:

As a result of attending this course you will:.

- Understand the PDR process.

- Understand how best to conduct conversations on the required range of topics.

- Know some ways to ask powerful questions.

- Know how to adopt a coaching style and deploy the GROW model.

Who should attend this course:

Senior Academic Leaders who will conduct PDR reviews with other academic staff.


Dr Clive Betts, Janice Button (People Development)

What previous participants have said about the course:

"The GROW model is a handy way to remember how PDR conversations should be conducted".

"Some lively and really useful discussions, expertly mediated by the presenter!".

"It was useful, even as an experienced reviewer, to be reminded of expectations in my role and also of the views and ideas of other colleagues: it's easy to get a bit too comfortable and assume you know everything".

Before the course:

Please have a look at the PDR forms and guidance offered here: You should also find out details of how the PDR process works in your Department/Faculty as there may be particular points you wish to raise during the workshop.

Learning provider:

The course is administered by People Development, please contact for any queries.

This course occurs on the following dates
24/07/2024 Delivered Online 10:00 11:30 Free Janice Button 10
06/08/2024 Delivered Online 13:30 15:00 Free Janice Button 11

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