Event Summary



Date and Time

Tuesday 16 March 2021 (13:00 to 15:00)


Free (£30.00 non-members)

This term’s meeting for those with responsibility for professional development focuses on the theme of appraisal and target-setting.  We know that performance reviews are rarely popular with staff, and we will discuss approaches designed to achieve buy-in and a developmental impact.

We are pleased to welcome an input from Sharon Devlin (Head of CPD, York College) featuring a review of their new appraisal system introduced this year. Following a review of the old system of ‘performance reviews’, it was decided to implement something completely different.  The new approach at York College has the following benefits:

  • managers are relieved of much of the admin in conducting appraisals
  • staff are encouraged to take ownership of their development
  • the importance of professional development is emphasised.

A second topic for this session is the professional development of your business support staff.  For example, perhaps the pandemic has created new training requests? Here is a valuable opportunity to discuss with colleagues in similar roles how you identify and address the professional development needs of this important group of staff. We look forward to working with you.

There will also be a discussion on target-setting and the limitations of a SMART approach to setting targets. A personalised neuro-linguistic approach will be explained by Dr Alison Scott (Professional Development Advisor, Skills and Education Group), who will suggest that effective target-setting requires something different.

This online meeting utilising Zoom will be facilitated by Karen Plowman (Head of Professional Development, Skills and Education Group).  There will be plenty of opportunities for you to network with colleagues who have responsibility for professional development and to share ideas and solutions in relation to the appraisal theme.


  • How can I access the event?

    All joining instructions will be sent a day prior to the session taking place and you will either be able to join us online, or by dialling into the session.

    If you have any questions or do not receive any joining instructions please call us on 0115 854 1626.