Reflect, Plan, Develop

Preparing for RPD


Appraisal at the University of Kent is managed under a flexible framework called Reflect, Plan, Develop (RPD). There are many different ways that you can prepare for your appraisal (RPD) conversation. The reflective approach below is one possible way you may wish to do this. It will help you think through the areas to discuss and provide further information for you to consider. The approach covers four areas, which when applied will help you to reflect on what you have done, plan your work objectives and consider how you may develop in the future.

Try to plan appraisal (RPD) activities around other commitments to ensure there is time for a meaningful, un-rushed conversation. It should be held at an appropriate time of year for the school/department, once wider plans have been established. Depending on the needs of reviewee and reviewer, it may be agreed to have the appraisal (RPD) conversation in a formal setting free from interruptions, or alternatively an informal location over a coffee, but not in a place where conversations can be overheard.


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What are you proud of?

  • Note your successes and achievements since your last appraisal (RPD) conversation.
  • Do you have any achievements outside of work that are relevant to your objectives and development plans?
  • How have you contributed to the team?

What has not gone so well and why?

  • Are there any instances where things have not gone as expected?
  • Why do you think this is?
  • Explore any constraints that may have affected your performance
  • What did you do to ensure you learned from this, what will you do differently next time?

What do you want to do more of over the next year?

  • Focus on developing your confidence, skills and knowledge in areas of your workthat you find more difficult.
  • Think about objectives and targets for the future and how you will assess delivery of these.
  • What actions do you need to take to improve performance in your role?

How do you want to develop?

  • Consider your career aspirations and aims and prepare to discuss these with your reviewer.
  • Ideas and thoughts from the previous areas should begin to arise whilst doing this exercise.
  • Refer to the website for development opportunities



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Last Updated: 22/10/2018