Personal Development Planning (PDP)

Personal Development Planning (PDP) has been defined as ‘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.’ (Recommendations for policy on Personal Development Planning, QAA, 2000)

For the student, the process is expected to involve:

  • reflecting on learning experiences and achievement
  • gathering information for these records, and creating action plans
  • reviewing progress towards the achievement of goals that have been set

Universities are required to provide support for students, and many institutions have embedded PDP securely within their personal tutorial systems. PDP is intended to help students to:

  • become more effective
  • become independent and confident self-directed learners
  • understand how they are learning and relate their learning to a wider context
  • improve their general skills for study and career management
  • articulate their personal goals and evaluate progress towards their achievement
  • encourage a positive attitude to learning throughout life