Career Development Review

set objectives, explore development needs, discuss career aspirations

What is the Career Development Review?

The Career Development Review Scheme (CDR) for professional services staff is an annual review designed to allow you and your line manager to:

  • review performance
  • set objectives and performance standards
  • explore development needs
  • discuss career aspirations

This page provides a range of updated resources and support to enable all staff to make the most of the CDR process, including:

CDR Form (updated for 2019)

CDR Guidance for Professional Services Staff

Creating Your Personal Development Plan (PDP)


The CDR process at a glance

CDR Infographic


What is included in the CDR process?

The CDR is made up of:

  • a meeting each August to set objectives for the academic year ahead
  • regular one to one catch-up meetings
  • a review meeting held in May each year

One to one meetings should be held throughout the year to share on-going feedback, explore progress and ideas, and allow for any unexpected matters to be identified and addressed. These sessions are, by their nature, less formal than the annual review meeting. The timescale for these will be as relevant to the role; however, they should be held at least once a term (most areas of the School hold them monthly or fortnightly).


How is the annual CDR meeting recorded?

We've provided a form to help you and your line manager record the meeting. Once completed, the form should be uploaded to the LSE Sharepoint site.

Ahead of the meeting, the reviewee may also choose to seek additional feedback from others. A template feedback form is available for this purpose. Additional feedback is confidential to the reviewer and reviewee, which means that the completed form should be returned to both. 


Not found the answer you're looking for?

Please contact if you have any further queries about the CDR process for professional services staff.