Reflect, Plan, Develop

Using data and statistics


Data and information can be powerful for reflecting on our activities as individuals, teams, schools and departments. It can help identify areas of success, challenge and enable development plans and provide direction of activity in specific areas. By understanding our external environment, we are engaging with the University’s mission in order to prioritise and focus our activities.

Relevant statistics and contextual information can inform our RPD conversations and are likely to be available locally from your administration support function. In addition, the University generates data and statistics for internal and external use from the Planning and Business Information Office, and external data is available through various publications and league tables.

Some examples of information which could be used within your RPD conversation are:

  • Customer feedback – i.e. internal customer satisfaction surveys.
  • REF Outcomes and other research data.
  • Student numbers – University, school, department, specific module activity.
  • Surveys – national, yearly, such as the NSS, University, school, department etc.
  • Research grants – information on applications can be used to feed in to RPD such as, research plans, personal objectives and direction of activity.
  • National league tables – available through internal and external publications.
  • Audit – can be external or internal and are often done for a specific activity or function.
  • Teaching observation – to understand as an individual what works and what may need more development.
  • Budgetary and financial data.

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