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My Development Conversation (My DC) is a new approach to how we hold performance reviews.

My Development Conversation is about setting your work priorities for the year, aligned to the University's strategic plan, your department or service plan and underpinned by our values.

It is about having positive, future focused conversations throughout the year rather than simply at the beginning and at the end.

It is also about you taking responsibility for your performance and development and owning your role in the process.

Richard Billingham, Executive Director of HR and Organisational Development gives an overview of My Development Conversation and the resources available.



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Using Aston Staff Portal to record your My DC

For all staff and managers. Once you've had your My Development Conversation, you will need to record, update and keep track of your work priorities using the Aston Staff Portal.

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Information Sessions

Face-to-face information sessions for staff and managers to use the Staff Portal are available to book on via the Aston Staff Portal. (search for Information Session - My Development Conversation)

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Resources and forms

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Development Opportunities

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To support this new approach we will be offering development for all staff and for managers.

For the All Staff sessions, on the Staff Portal, you will need to select the date you wish attend and within that, click on the magnifying glass to check the session matches the time session you wish to attend.

All staff 

It’s my Development Conversation is a highly interactive and informative session for all staff using the method Forum Theatre*. You will watch a conversation between a manager and an employee and, with your help, you will shape how the conversation unfolds so that the impact of the conversation is optimised. 

*Forum Theatre is a technique used while acting out a scene. As a delegate you are encouraged to stop the action when you think it is necessary, to suggest a different action. At other times, the actors themselves can stop the action, and ask for help.

Duration: Two hours

Sessions for managers / reviewers

A Year in a Day of Development Conversations is an interactive workshop for managers.  

During this session you will:

  • Plan for the different stages of My Development Conversation and workshop setting challenging but fair priorities
  • Understand how you can apply different coaching and development techniques to different types of people
  • Practice skills and different approaches (communication, feedback, listening and coaching) for different scenarios and ensure that MDC is a productive and engaging experience for you and your people

Duration: One day

These development sessions can be booked via the Aston Staff Portal  (search for Development Conversation). 

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Contact your HR or OD Business Partner  if you have any questions about My Development Conversation