Academic & Student Affairs

Student Progress Files (PDP)

PDP life cycle

What is PDP?

The term PDP stands for Personal Development Planning.  The process is similar to the practices of Workplace Appraisal and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) that most Queen's graduates will become familiar with when they enter full-time employment.  At regular intervals throughout their course, students are encouraged to develop their academic, career and personal/professional skills by:

  1. Developing self-awareness of their personal strengths and areas for development and  relating these to academic performance and future employability (Reflect)
  2. Deciding upon the next appropriate steps to take (Plan)
  3. Making those steps (Do)
  4. Monitoring and reviewing their own development as they go (Review)

What types of activities do students undertake as part of PDP ?

PDP is a relatively simple and logical process which draws on Kolb's Learning Cycle. The University provides online, workshop and other supports to enable its students to engage with the process and, ultimately, to become the driver of their own development plan. Examples of processes which are part of an individuals personal development include; transition from school to university and the development of academic,  transferable, and career planning skills.  Students also have opportunities for accreditation of developmental activities, that they have planned and undertaken themselves, through Degree Plus

Student PDP Page  provides introductory PDP information and activities.  It is made available to students via the Student Gateway. 

What is an e-folio?

The PDP e-folio is simply and electronic package that Queen's has produced to help its students to record their skills and achievements in a way that they can ultimately use to help them e.g. produce CVs and Application appropriate way.  It also assists them in setting out formal goals and plans for their own development.

Further information and help

Further information for regarding PDP is provided on the resource page for academic staff or, for other support requests please e-mail