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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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Guidance Materials

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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

What support is available to managers?

We will be offering sessions to support staff and managers hold effective performance conversations throughout the year through remote learning and face to face delivery where possible.

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.

3) Reviewing priorities – how to have powerful conversations to respond to excellent performance, encourage reflection and development and how to address underperformance meaningfully.

These development sessions can be booked via the Aston Staff Portal  

Available dates:

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