Personal development planning

Information for Staff

More information on PDP can be found on the Learning site


Personal Development Planning (PDP) is the process through which students record their skills and reflect on their development. PDP has been a required part of the curriculum since 2005 (Dearing Report). At the University of Kent each academic school ensures that students have PDP opportunities within the curriculum and that PDP processes such as reflection are supported. In addition students can enhance their personal development through numerous extracurricular opportunities available at the University. For further information on this please see the Code of Practice and the Learning and Teaching Strategy.

A PDP review of all programmes at the University was undertaken in 2006. This showed that all programmes employ a wide variety of teaching and assessment methods which enable students to improve their skills' development and learning, however, often this development and learning is not adequately captured.

UELT's role is to help in the following areas of PDP:

  • Provide an online tool (MyFolio) to facilitate students' recording their personal development.
  • Develop a Community of Practice for MyFolio and PDP
  • Support curriculum initiatives which help students to reflect on their learning and develop their skills.
  • Provide staff development sessions on various aspects of PDP.

For further information please contact Daniel Clark D.R.Clark@kent.ac.uk

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Last Updated: 03/10/2012