Annual submission of the PDR, May 2012

To all Postgraduate Researchers who are using the Personal Development Record (PDR) system.

If your registration started on or after 1st September 2004, please read and act on the following request to complete your PDR. Annual submission of the PDR is a pre-requisite for the completion of your Annual Progress Report Form (APRF) . An upgrade to PhD or/and re-registration for the next year of research is not possible unless the APRF has been fully processed.  Please see the website for further details –

The annual PDR submission deadline is the 31st May and requires completion of the following two items:

1.         Emailing to your Primary Supervisor 

your Record of Training and Generic Skills Activities – PDR credited training sections

2.         Checking that you have:

At least the minimum number of formal PDR meetings recorded within your PDR and that these have been signed off (i.e. ‘Targets’ have been agreed by your Primary Supervisor) for this academic year or if this is the 1st year of study since registration.

(Use of the Skills Audit is optional for this year)

Both full-time and part-time students must record a minimum of 8 meetings per academic year. The minimum number of formal meetings required by May 31st in the 1st year of study for students registered at Oct 1st will be 5 and this requirement will be adjusted pro-rata for students who have registered after October. For example, if your start date was January then a minimum of 3 formal meetings would have to be recorded by the May deadline.

Your record of PDR meetings will be automatically downloaded into your Annual Progress Report (to be released to you in June) once they have been signed off by your primary supervisor. Please be aware that if your Progress Report shows that there are insufficient PDR meetings listed in your report, this will result in a delay in processing your report and in re-registering you for the next academic session.

If you need any further information on how to do any of the above, please see the ‘PDR guidance for students’ document If this does not answer your questions, contact