SRDS Tips for Reviewers and Reviewees

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Tips for reviewers

Before the review

  • Ensure you know who you are reviewing. Your Head of Department will determine the reviewer/reviewee pairings.
  • Arrange a meeting with all your reviewees. Give them at least two weeks' notice of the date, time and location.
  • Check in with your reviewees to ensure they have seen the departmental objectives and, if they’ve not, let them know where they are.
  • Prepare for the meeting: read the reviewees SRDS form; think about your feedback, considering their work over the last year; think about what the reviewee should focus on in the coming year.

During the review

  • Arrive on time for the review meeting.
  • Have an open and constructive dialogue. Don’t make assumptions about your reviewee and their career aspirations.
  • Address issues; this includes things raised in advance and during the meeting.
  • Ensure that you and your reviewee have covered all the areas you wanted to.

After the review

  • Agree objectives with the reviewee. They should show how an individual’s role fits with the departmental objectives.
  • Complete, sign and date the form and save it somewhere you can easily remember.
  • Arrange a mid year review. This will give you a chance to keep track of progress against objectives. During the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, mid-year reviews may need to be paused or postponed.
  • Encourage your reviewee to take responsibility for their development.
  • Support your reviewee to achieve their objectives.
  • If your reviewee is an academic colleague, you may also want to consider our Academic Career Pathway web pages.
Tips for reviewees

Before the review

  • Ensure you know who your reviewer is. Your Head of Department will determine the reviewer/reviewee pairings.
  • Schedule some time to reflect and to think about your contribution in the last 12 months.
  • Consider how your role fits with the team/department objectives. If you don’t know what these are, find out.
  • Provide your SRDS form to your reviewer at least one week in advance.

During the review

  • Be open and honest, and seek open and honest feedback.
  • Take the opportunity to discuss your career development, if you wish to.
  • Ensure that you and your reviewer have covered all the areas you wanted to.

After the review

  • Read through the feedback, and keep a record of your actions.
  • Sign and date the form and save it somewhere you can easily refer to throughout the year.
  • Arrange a mid year review. This will give you a chance to keep track of progress against objectives. During the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, mid-year reviews may need to be paused or postponed.
  • Undertake any developmental opportunities agreed with your reviewer.
  • If you are in an academic role, you may also want to consider our Academic Career Pathway web pages.

Development conversation resources

There are also development opportunities and considerations below that you could use to signpost your reviewees to:

To enable a broader development conversation, you may wish to consider downloading the Development Conversations template from the link on the right of the screen.

As well as formal learning opportunities and providers mentioned above, we know that impactful learning experiences can and should happen day to day. Please see our Workplace Learning Opportunities web page for help in identifying further opportunities.