Personal Development Planning (PDP) is defined by the QAA as 'a structured and supported process undertaken by a learner to reflect upon their own learning, performance and/or achievement and to plan for their personal, educational and career development'.
PDP helps students to:
- become more effective at monitoring and reviewing their progress
- consider how they learn and become more effective learners
- recognise and articulate their strengths and weaknesses
- identify extra curricula opportunities outside the curriculum
- enhance their employability through greater self-awareness, self-direction and an ability to articulate their learning to employers
- think about how their academic, personal and career and development relate to each other.
All students at Plymouth University are supported with PDP at programme level, via embedded activities in the curriculum, further facilitated by their personal tutor. Students have the opportunity to manage their PDP using the University e-portfolio tool. This enables students to collect their plans, experiences and reflections in one place. These can be compiled into other forms such as a CV and can be shared with others, such as a potential employer.
Students are also assisted in their personal development by the University via services such as the Careers Service and through structured opportunities such as the Plymouth Award.
Personal Development is also recognised through the Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR) which helps promote student activities to prospective employers. The HEAR will include and extend the existing record of academic achievement but it will also feature additional information relating to any extra-curricular activities undertaken by students which are formally recognised by the University. Guidance for personal tutors supporting their students with HEAR is also available.