As part of its commitment to Personal Development Planning (PDP), the Department of English offers each student the opportunity to participate in its on-line student self-appraisal system, called ‘ePDP’, accessed via the Student Record pages on the MyExeter portal. This system is designed to help students to reflect upon their strengths and preferences and consider their plans for academic work and employment. This includes an evaluation of personal approaches to academic study, personal and key skills, as well as a review of employability and career related activities.

At appropriate stages of your degree programme you will meet with your personal tutor to focus on your progress. The aim of these sessions is to provide a supportive environment in which to discuss your development rather than to judge performance, so you should feel free to be completely frank about your progress and achievements. Where appropriate, your tutor may refer you to other sources of help and guidance.

2.6.1 The benefits you will derive from the PDP process include

• increased awareness of the full range of skills you are acquiring through your degree programme
• you will be able to identify weaknesses in your skill profile (especially study skills) and therefore it will make it easier for you to take remedial action
• you will reflect on attainments, attitudes and progress to date and be able to improve
• helping you to make appropriate choices for further study
• development of your awareness of employability, personal development planning and the link to degree study
• finally, and very importantly, PDP will help you identify ingredients for a CV that reflects your full range of skills.

Further information about PDP can be found at http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/development/taughtstudents/personaldevelopmentplanningpdp/