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SDPR: Getting the most out of your review

A course for all staff to help you get the most out of your Staff Development and Performance Review (SDPR).

Course overview

2023/24 Semester 1 and 2 courses: this half-day (in-person) course is delivered to align with performance review cycles for the majority of University departments. This course is suitable for all job families, including the E&R job family.

This workshop is delivered in-person (on campus) and aims to help staff who are being reviewed for the first time to understand their role in this two-way process. During the course, you will have the opportunity to consider the objectives and benefits of performance review, explore the process and consider what you might wish to do in preparation for your review meeting.

The course will cover:

  • the principles of a review meeting (considering the past, present and future)
  • preparing for the review meeting
  • setting SMART objectives

Course structure

  • The course consists of a two-hour session which will be delivered on campus, in-person
  • You will also need to complete pre-work in advance of attending the in-person session
  • You must be able to commit to all elements

Who should attend

This course is suitable for you if:

  • you are about to be reviewed for the first time
  • you would like a refresher
  • you have previously found review meetings difficult to prepare for


Lisa Hegan and Alexandra Stanley, HRd Bristol


Review and complete the pre-work for this course.

This course uses blended learning to make the most of your time. The session focuses on interaction, knowledge sharing and practice, and ensuring you have plenty of opportunities to embed learning on the job.

Please note, you will need to complete all accompanying work and come to the session prepared and ready to engage with your colleagues.

Before attending this course you will need to complete the pre-work, which will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Access the course materials, including the pre-work.

Intended learning outcomes

Check whether this course meets your development needs.

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • approach the annual review with greater confidence
  • explain why performance and development reviews are carried out
  • describe the principles of a review meeting
  • describe how you will prepare for your review meeting
  • explain the reason for SMART targets

Effective Behaviours Framework (EBF)

Review how this course will help you to develop skills and knowledge related to the EBF behavioural groups.

The Effective Behaviours Framework (EBF) has nine key behavioural areas.The three key behaviours related to this course are:

  • achieving results
  • managing self and personal skills
  • developing self and others

Please note, attending the course does not provide evidence of achieving these behaviours. You will need to demonstrate them by applying your skills and knowledge.

Related online learning and resources

Access online tools and support on-demand.

Book or cancel your place

Find out how to book or cancel your place, plus read guidance on required timescales and discussions with your managers.

Discussing your learning and development with your line manager

We assume that if you need permission or agreement to attend this course you will have arranged this before booking. To ensure the training is suitable and your learning can be transferred back to the workplace, you should also have discussed the following with your line manager:

  • how this training will help to deliver your individual or team goals
  • the expected outcomes (what is expected to change or improve as a result)
  • any support required post-course to enable you to transfer your learning back to the workplace

Your manager will receive an automated notification when you book or cancel a place on a course using ESS.

Book your place

Once a course date has been arranged you can book your place using Employee Self-Service (ESS). Places will be available to book on self-service up to 24 hours before the course, to allow for participants to complete the required pre-work. You must book a place to be able attend. Download instructions on how to book your place using ESS.

The session will be delivered in-person.

Please note that we do not hold a waiting list for this course.

Cancel your place

You can cancel your place using Employee Self-Service (ESS). Download instructions on how to cancel your place using ESS.

Please cancel your place as early as possible (and at least three days in advance) to allow others to book instead.

Course dates

  • tbc

You can review and complete the pre-work for this course and access the related online learning and resources at any time, even if you have not booked a place yet. This includes the SDPR playlist (grouped resources), which can help with preparing for your review meeting.

Booking details

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If you have any questions, please contact us.