Section C - Objectives

Section C of the SRDS form is to record the objectives agreed between reviewee and reviewer in the SRDS meeting.SMART summary By spending time on this, and developing skills in this area, objectives can be set that are useful, measurable and achievable. The resources below are to support reviewees and reviewers in writing effective objectives.

SRDS objectives should be SMART, and the diagram on the right (click to enlarge) explains the parts of the acronym.

SMART will help you to turn objectives into results. By following this guideline, both reviewers and reviewees are able to clearly see how set objectives will be met, and how personal objectives relate to the wider objectives of the team, the department, and the University. Objectives should align to the department/Faculty/University strategic aims. This framework enables an objective to be manageable and focuses your role toward a set of sustained and achievable goals.

SRDS webSRDS guidelines

This page of the HR website contains the formal supporting documentation for the SRDS process.

SRDS eventsSRDS skills for reviewers

SRDS reviewers can attend this learning event, to develop listening, questioning, feedback and objective setting skills.

Webinar IconSRDS Reviewers webinar

This is a recording of a webinar for SRDS Reviewers that was delivered on 22 June 2016.

It is an ideal introduction to the principle, purpose and process of SRDS both for new Reviewers, and as a refresher for existing Reviewers.

SRDS videosSMART in practice

This video gives a working example that can be used by reviewers to complete the SRDS form. The company that made this video uses ‘agreed upon’ as their ‘A’ word, so keep in mind that we are using achievable in our process, though both are applicable.

SRDS webObjective setting

This document includes some key resources to help you set objectives that are useful, also introduces the SMART methodology for objective setting.

SRDS guidesUseful Guide to Goal Setting

This useful guide is largely to do with setting personal goals, rather than job related objectives, but there is potential to apply some of this to objectives, particularly the "wordsmithing" and following through on actions sections.

SRDS webStrategic plan

The University's Strategic Plan will help you to write objectives that fit with wider, organisational aims. Your Faculty and departmental objectives will also help with this.

SRDS videosThe basics of SMART

This short video provides an introduction to the fundamentals of SMART, and will be of interest to reviewees and reviewers.

SRDS videosSMART re-imagined

This video outlines SMART in the terms defined above, but also gives alternative definitions to provide further insight into why the SMART framework is so useful.