QAA Scotland has completed work on supporting reflective learning in institutions, particularly through Personal Development Planning. (PDP).

Scottish PDP Institutional Development Programme


QAA Scotland worked with organisations including the Higher Education Academy (now AdvanceHE) and the Centre for Recording Achievement on the Scottish PDP Institutional Development Programme (ScotPID). Twelve higher education institutions took part in the programme during 2010-11. Participating institutions reviewed the relationship between PDP and the development of graduate attributes. An overview report documents the impact of the initiative on the Scottish sector.

PDP Toolkit


QAA Scotland sponsored a consultancy team from the University of Dundee to develop the PDP Toolkit.  In 2011, we extended the Toolkit to include reference to PDP within placement learning and work-based learning. The Toolkit built on previous work on the Effective Learning Framework.


Institutional staff at all levels can use the PDP Toolkit to consider their strategies and policies for the enhancement of PDP. It achieves this by using a series of self-assessment questions which encourage reflection on the important issues in implementation and development.


Personal Development Planning Toolkit (second edition)

Publication Date: 04 Sep 2011

This toolkit is designed to help staff at all levels within higher education institutions in Scotland to consider, reflect upon and develop their strategies and policies for the implementation and enhancement of Personal Development Planning (PDP).

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 602 KB

Related resources


Personal Development Planning - Guidance for institutional policy and practice

Publication Date: 10 Feb 2009

This document is designed to help higher education providers develop and enhance personal development planning policies and processes for students.

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 246 KB

Effective Learning Framework

Publication Date: 17 Feb 2007

This booklet offers a wide range of focused learner questions which can be used to facilitate effective learning through the self-audit process that lies at the heart of student personal development planning.

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 558 KB