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Professional Development

ERE Appraisal

Education, Research and Enterprise staff

All Education, Research and Enterprise Staff, (i.e. both appraisees and appraisers) are now asked to complete the introductory module of the blackboard course 'Academic Appraisal Training', before taking part in an appraisal meeting:

The blackboard course offers practical guidance and examples to support you through all aspects of the appraisal process.

The modules of the course are:

How to access: Please log on to blackboard and select the Academic Appraisal Training course. If you experience any difficulty accessing the course, please contact Adam Warren, ILIaD, at

Additional Appraisal Skills Training for Appraisers of ERE staff

In addition to the blackboard module, in order to be licensed to appraise ERE staff, Appraisers are now required to complete a 1/2 day appraisal skills workshop.

The interactive workshop using Forum Theatre techniques focuses on the skills and behaviours required to lead successful appraisal discussions and challenging conversations. Two experienced actors / facilitators will demonstrate an appraisal meeting and using stop start techniques the audience will guide the ‘appraiser’ towards best practice. This enables the participants to work at their own level and instantly see the outcome of their suggestions. Participants are not asked to role-play in this session.

The session explores techniques in listening, questioning, coaching and objective setting to ensure a positive outcome for both the appraiser and appraisee.

Please note: that this session will not include guidance on completing the new online appraisal form, which is available by viewing MyHR Appraisal Support Guide accessible via MyHR or the Academic Appraisal training blackboard course.

Led by: Clare Beck and Stewart Theobald of Talking Shop Training Ltd

To view future dates and book please visit

Other Staff Categories

A new suite of appraisal training is currently being designed for all other staff categories for launch in Autumn 2015.

Associated Reading:

Managing Your Appraisal

For a quick reference guide to 'Managing your appraisal' please view the management pocketbook. The online book covers such topics as appraisal structure, how to prepare for them and types of questioning and is written from the perspective of the appraisee.

In addition, comprehensive guidance materials are available online.

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