PDP - support for academic staff

Personal Development Planning (PDP), as defined by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), 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.”

At the University of Leicester, PDP is delivered and supported at a departmental level, with academic departments implementing models of PDP relevant to their students and courses.  The information and resources available on this page are designed to support departments in implementing and reviewing PDP practice. To find out more, and obtain further advice and support, contact Steve Rooney (Learning Development Manager): sgr3@le.ac.uk.

The following resources are designed to help staff with both the implementation and review of PDP practice at a departmental or course level.

Guidance on implementing and reviewing departmental PDP practice

Five steps to implementing/reviewing departmental practice

Template for providing brief descriptions of PDP practice

Checklist for Departments

University of Leicester Code of Practice on Personal Support for Students on Taught Programmes

Career Development Service guidance on advising and supporting personal tutees


The generic documentation below has been updated to account for the introduction of the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). Departments should continue to customise and adapt documentation, where possible, to account for discipline-specific contexts, year groups, levels of study, links with mainstream curriculum activities etc.  For more specific and detailed examples of exercises and materials to support students' reflective learning (including PDP exercises to support specific tasks or skill areas) contact Steve Rooney (Learning Development Manager): sgr3@le.ac.uk.

Initial Action Plan

Progress Review and Action Plan (academic skills)

Individual Action Plan (academic skills and employability)




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