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Personal and Professional Development


Career Pathways is designed to be used alongside Staff Review and Development (SRD or appraisal) with the following benefits:

  • Allows managers and individuals to focus their preparation for SRD on a set of specific skills and attributes rather than on their own subjective observations
  • Saves preparation time for managers and individuals, as skills and attributes already available to pick up and use rather than 'reinventing the wheel'
  • The skills and attributes are part of a University wide framework - this ensures a consistent approach to SRD preparation across all Institutions

Before SRD - prepare for discussion

  • The reviewer and reviewee assess the reviewee against the skills and attributes identified on the Career Pathways profile form for the appropriate job family and grade
  • This could be their current grade or the next grade up depending on their time and experience in the post and their readiness to move on
  • Where 'technical' skills have not yet been identified for a particular job family eg IT technicians, assessment can take place against the behavioural attributes only
  • If you would like to contribute to the development of 'technical' skills for your job family, please contact us

During SRD - set targets, identify development needs

  • In the SRD discussion the reviewer and reviewee discuss the outcomes of their respective assessments and agree the skills and attributes profile for the reviewee
  • They can identify any gaps in skills and attributes required either for the current or next role
  • These can be added to the Personal Development Plan (PDP), using the Learning Opportunities suggestions of┬átraining and development that can be undertaken to meet these needs
  • Training and development can include a wide range of activities in addition to courses and online modules eg coaching in the workplace, job shadowing, projects
  • The SRD discussion also enables future aspirations for work and development to be discussed

Following SRD dicussion - address targets, carry out development

  • Following production of the PDP, the training and development activities agreed within it can be actioned
  • Regular review will ensure that training is completed and any revisions can be made in a timely manner
  • It is useful to review the skills and attributes profile and the PDP after 12 months, in preparation for the next SRD discussion