Appraisals - Reflect, Plan and Develop

We think it’s important to provide a working environment that allows our staff to fulfil their roles effectively.

This means regular checks on work priorities and career development, usually through our Appraisal - Reflect, Plan, Develop (RPD) - framework.

Appraisal (RPD) at Kent

Reflect, Plan, Develop is a versatile framework, supported by guidance documents, forms and information.

It focuses on the conversations between a member of staff (reviewee) and his/her manager (reviewer), and connecting your role with the University’s vision, department/school objectives and development opportunities.

 It is a three-stage process:

  • preparation
  • conversation
  • follow-up.

The key is its flexibility; enabling you to choose objectives and a development plan that are relevant and achievable.

You may already be having conversations which capture this information - we encourage you to use this framework in a way that works best for you.

Our Appraisal (RPD) website will help you prepare for your conversations as both a reviewee and reviewer. 

More advice and guidance on preparing your RPD


Training sessions

Appraisal (RPD) training sessions, run by our Learning & Organisational Development team, are designed to help you prepare for your Appraisal (RPD) conversations. The sessions also make clear the roles and responsibilities of both reviewer and reviewee.

The training, which lasts up to three hours, focuses on how you can get the best from Appraisal (RPD), including:

  • Overview of the Appraisal (RPD) framework: objectives and principles
  • The Appraisal (RPD) cycle
  • Appraisal (RPD) documentation available
  • How to have a constructive conversation
  • Preparing for Appraisal (RPD)
  • The three parts of Appraisal (RPD): process and skills
  • Follow-up and next steps.
Visit the 'Training' section