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Focus groups for RPD phase 2 now available!


HR is pleased to announce that a refreshed approach to appraisal (RPD) has been introduced. The website and guidance documents have been amended and are available to guide members of staff (reviewees) and reviewers through our organisational appraisal framework - Reflect, Plan, Develop (RPD)

What's new to RPD?

Towards the end of 2018 we introduced the ability to record appraisal (RPD's) on Staff Connect. A copy of the signed appraisal (RPD) forms, once completed, can be uploaded to staff profiles in Staff Connect. More detail can be found in the guidance documents.

Further to this introduction of using Staff Connect, L&OD are starting to discuss the next phase of appraisal (RPD) work with managers in all areas by attending team meetings.

If you are not a manager but are still interested in finding out more about these proposals and/or providing your thoughts about the process


You are a manager unable to attend the session planned within your area,

We are holding a number of informal focus groups which you can pop along to. There is no need to book, simply come along for the start of the session detailed below;

Canterbury Campus

  • Monday 11 Feb 15:00 – 15:45 Room: TS3(22)
  • Monday 11 Feb 16:00 – 16:45 Room TS3(22)
  • Friday 15 Feb 09:30 – 10:15 Room RCL21
  • Friday 15 Feb 10:30 – 11:15 Room RCL21
  • Thursday 21 Feb 14:00 - 14:45 Room RX11
  • Thursday 21 Feb 15:00 - 15:45 Room RX11
  • Thursday 21 Feb 16:00 - 16:45 Room RX11
  • Thursday 21 March – 09:30 – 10:15 Room KQSCR
  • Thursday 21 March – 10:15 – 11:00 Room KQSCR
  • Thursday 21 March – 11:15 – 12:00 Room KQSCR

If you are Medway based, please contact to discuss potential availability.


October 2018 Updates

  • Introduction of the Staff Connect system to log and store appraisal (RPD) documentation
  • An annual appraisal (RPD) cycle has been introduced from September to September to enable reporting of completion rates across the organisation as an appraisal (RPD) is mandatory annually (exemptions apply)
  • Introduction of ad-hoc quality checking by Heads of Schools/Departments (or their nominee) is being encouraged to ensure quality of conversation
  • New briefing and drop-in sessions available to support the launch of the 2018 appraisal (RPD) updates and how to use Staff Connect
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Refreshed website and booklet


  • Changes to all pages have been made to reflect the introdution of Staff Connect for recording and storage of appraisal (RPD) information
  • New guides and 'how to' information have been added to assist reviewers and reviewees understand how to use the staff connect sytem for appraisal (RPD)
  • Quick links to resources, including internal and external websites and updated forms to facilitate preparation for appraisal (RPD)
  • Updated online digital RPD booklet available to either view on screen or download and print

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