Did you know we are at the leading edge of development in Personal Development Planning, e-portfolios and the Higher Education Achievement Report? As a membership body we offer our members the opportunity to share the latest thinking around these issues, and to embed it within their own professional practice and the work of their institutions.  For more information see our membership page

Personal Development Planning

We have a new area of our website dedicated to supporting those in a personal tutoring role working with PDP. The CRA were involved in the development of the 2009 QAA guidelines on personal development planning.


In 2008 we were involved in the development of the JISC Infonet Effective Practice with e-portfolios InfoKitThe CRA’s Janet Strivens  has developed the resource Efficient assessment of Portfolios

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The current 2009 QAA Guidelines to support the implementation of the HE Progress File can be found by clicking

Here Personal Development Planning is more fully 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.'

These also note that engagement with such processes will be supported by, and lead to the further development of personal records of learning and achievements, progress reviews and plans. In turn, these might be used to clarify personal goals and can provide a resource from which material is selected to produce personal statements (e.g. CVs etc) for employers, admissions tutors and others;

The development of such practice is further recognised within the QAA Code of Practice for Research Students and within the e-learning strategy produced by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (2005) which emphasised the encouragement of ‘e-based systems of describing learning achievement and personal development planning (PDP)’ within its Joint Implementation Plan.

Help in getting started with implementing Personal Development Planning can be found by clicking here. Examples of current practice can be found here.

For further information, please contact Rob Ward, CRA Director.