Professional Development Plan 

A Professional Development Plan (PDP) helps you think about the skills, behaviours and attitudes you want to develop as a researcher at York. It allows constructive and reflective conversations about your professional development with both your supervisor and Thesis Advisory Panel (TAP).


What is expected of me?

Perform a Training Needs Analysis in the first six months of your PhD and discuss with your supervisors. A template you may wish to use in included below.

Complete a Professional Development Plan and review and update during your PhD, discussing at TAP meetings.

Professional Development during your PhD 2019 (MS PowerPoint  , 8,107kb)

Training Needs Analysis

Start by performing a Training Needs Analysis (TNA), assessing where you are at the moment and where you want to be. There is a detailed template below you can use to guide you. A TNA will allow you to assess your current level of performance and identify where you have development needs. For example, if you are delivering a paper at an international conference in a few months then you might identify communication and presentation as areas for development.

Training Needs Analysis Template (MS Word , 1,940kb)

Setting goals

Once you have identified training needs you can complete a PDP. Writing goals which are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Bound (SMART) will help you to be clearer about what you want to achieve. It provides discussion points at your Thesis Advisory Panel meetings and allows you to closely monitor your progress.

Create a copy of the Professional Development Plan to keep as an evolving document and to share with your supervisors and TAP panel.