Personal Development and Performance Review (PDPR) is the process deployed by the University of Nottingham to ensure staff are developed, managed and rewarded appropriately in line with the wider University plans and objectives.
The purpose of this Personal Development and Performance Review Guide is to provide a useful reference tool to enable the effective application of the PDPR process throughout the whole University. It not only provides guidance on the PDPR process and form, but also a series of soft skill references, guides and tools to support managers and staff through the principles of its effective application and help ensure consistency and quality of its outcomes.
The documents are aimed to support both managers and staff. They are not intended to be a strict set of process documents to be followed from beginning to end, but a series of support material that can be dipped into as and when required to support the practical application of the process in the workplace.
These guides are also intended to be used in conjunction with other tools such as the Job Family framework and wider support from Professional Development, relating to training and development, to help and encourage managers and staff achieve their full potential and hence enable the University to meet its goals and objectives.
It cannot be over-emphasised that the PDPR process is a joint effort between the Manager/Reviewer and the role holder. All staff should be encouraged to set and monitor their own objectives within certain boundaries, and should be driving their own development and performance improvement, with the support and guidance of their manager or reviewer. Managers and reviewers are responsible for creating an environment in their own areas to enable this to happen.
The contents of this guidance are intended to reinforce current existing good practice and give fresh ideas and perspectives to improve the effectiveness of staff development and performance management in your Department, School or Faculty.