PDP diagram

Personal Development Planning

What is PDP?

Personal Development Planning is a structured and supported process for students to record, review, reflect and plan their learning (Dearing, 2005). PDP helps students to recognise their strengths and weaknesses and plan for their short term and long term future.

All students have a university produced transcript of their formal results (kept on SDS) and they have the opportunity to keep a self-authored PDP record detailing all their extra-curricular activities (this can be done using MyFolio). Help with the PDP process is available at the university primarily from your School but also from services such as the Careers and Employability Service and the Student Learning Advice Service. The following diagram shows the relationship between the formal transcript and the student owned PDP. It also indicates the need for students to have access to support for the process in which these two elements are developed.

What is PDP at Kent?

At Kent PDP is a student-led activity supported by academic schools. It is embedded into the curriculum by each school. These pages offer general guidance to help students and staff begin. Also there is a University e-portfolio, MyFolio which is designed to help students keep a record of their achievements and reflect on their development.

PDP helps students to:

  • Integrate their academic, personal and career and development
  • Be more effective at monitoring and reviewing their progress
  • Be more aware of how they are learning
  • Recognise and discuss their strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify opportunities for learning and personal development outside the curriculum
  • Be better prepared for employment, and more able to relate their learning to employers


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Last Updated: 13/08/2012