Reflect, Plan, Develop

Reflect, Plan, Develop / Introduction


Reflect, Plan, Develop (RPD) is a versatile appraisal framework supported by guidance documents, forms and information that you can use flexibly to shape conversations about work priorities, to set objectives and discuss career development at the University. The focus of RPD is on the conversations between a reviewee and reviewer (usually the Line Manager, unless for Academic roles) and about connecting your role with the University’s vision, department/school objectives and identifying individual development opportunities.

The key to the RPD framework is its flexibility; enabling you to choose objectives and a development plan that are relevant and achievable for the particular individual and role type they have and/or aspire to. There may be instances where conversations are already taking place which capture this information, for example, research or teaching plans. We encourage you to use the RPD framework in a way that is appropriate, taking in to consideration any existing processes and documentation you may use.

The appraisal (RPD) website has been designed to help you prepare for your appraisal (RPD) conversations as both a reviewee and reviewer, with specific guidance sections for each. If this is your first time using the RPD framework, it can be helpful to divide the conversation in to three stages as shown below. If you are more familiar with the process, the main menu can be used to direct you to a specific section.

Both reviewees and reviewers should aim to spend time planning for an appraisal (RPD) conversation to ensure that the content is rich and worthwhile; enabling past successes to be acknowledged, objectives and plans identified and development opportunities acknowledged.

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Preparation activities for appraisal (RPD), as well as the conversation itself should focus on three key areas;

  1. Reflect
  2. Plan
  3. Develop

This website as well as the booklet, outlines the purpose of each of this stages, as well as signposts you to guidance documents, sources of information and suggested templates.

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It is useful for both the reviewee and reviewer to document key points on the RPD Form to ensure that priorities and objectives are clearly identified, so that informed decisons can be made about appropriate development opportunities and that the information is captured for future RPD conversations. It is advised you complete all three sections of the form - RPD, Objectives and the Personal Development Plan (or an Individual Research Plan if in an academic role) to produce a clear and coherent picture.

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