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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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What support is available to managers?

Available to complete on demand is the Introduction to My Development Conversation for Managers module. In this module you will learn about the underpinning principles, the MDC cycle, tips for having effective conversations and using the staff portal to input and approve priorities.

Also available throughout the year are sessions to support managers hold effective performance conversations. These sessions will be delivered through remote learning or face to face delivery and include:

1) Developing priorities – how to assess your team’s potential and work together to create realistic and motivating priorities that engage team members and contribute to the Aston strategy

2) Managing priorities – how to check in throughout the year, ensure that priorities are on track and adjust these if needed, and how to keep momentum and wellbeing going throughout the process.

A guide on holding an end of year review covers how to have powerful conversations and respond to excellent performance, encourage reflection as well as how to address underperformance. 

What support is available to staff?

If you would like to know more you can access our Introduction to My Development Conversation for Staff presentation, view our Sway presentation or complete our Introduction to MDC for Staff e-learning.

If have any questions, please contact [email protected]  



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