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Personal Development Plan for Postgraduate Researchers

Personal Development Planning is a structured and supported process undertaken by an individual to reflect upon their own learning, performance and/or achievement and to plan for their personal, educational and career development.

The primary purpose of a PDP (Personal Development Plan) is to help you to:

  • Develop in a wider variety of ways and a wider range of contexts.
  • Recognise and be able to list evidence for your own learning and therefore the progress you are making.
  • Draw upon and use your expanded personal knowledge to achieve particular goals.
  • Review, plan and take responsibility for your own development.

By working through this PDP, you should be able to:

  • Identify your training/learning needs
  • Work out how to address those needs
  • Construct an evidence-based record to demonstrate your acquired skills and competencies to potential employers.

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