SOAS University of London

Staff Development

Staff Development & Review

Staff Development Review meetings (SDRs) are:
  • an opportunity for all members of staff to have substantial, uninterrupted time with their line managers for an in-depth discussion about past achievements, future goals, and personal and professional development.
  • These should happen annually and be planned and prepared for appropriately.

You download the SDR Form 2020/21 at the link. This form should always be used in collaboration with the SDR Form Guidance Notes. It promotes a plan based approach to SDR, and encourages managers to use a coaching approach within the meeting.  

If you are not familiar with the form or SDR meetings, please ensure you carefully read the information on the SDR SharePoint pages and attend an Effective SDRs workshop. All meetings should be held by 31 August 2021, and information about staff training and development needs will be collated early in Term 1.

To support managers and staff in ensuring their SDR conversations are well planned and useful, we are offering virtual Effective SDRs workshops - upcoming dates are listed on the course calendar. All staff are welcome to attend and there will be an opportunity to look at the coaching skills which help support this approach.

You can find further information, including tips on meetings, learning and development options, and FAQs on the SDR SharePoint pages.