Maximising Your Appraisal for Personal Growth 

Venue: Online

Date: Thursday, 16 May

Time: 09:30 – 13:00

Price: AHEP Member £60+VAT | Non-member £120+VAT

About this Workshop

This session is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to take control of your appraisal process, making it a relevant and beneficial experience tailored to your needs. We’ll explore the significance of appraisals and the advantages they offer both individuals and managers. 

Why attend?

In the professional landscape, annual performance conversations are a common practice where past achievements are assessed, and future plans are crafted. Attending this session empowers you to not just participate in your appraisal but to actively shape it, ensuring it becomes a valuable tool for your personal and professional development.

What you will do:  

During this session, you will embark on a journey to transform your appraisal into a powerful development tool. We’ll start by understanding why performance reviews matter and how they benefit both individuals and their managers. You’ll then have the opportunity to craft and refine two SMART objectives, which will serve as a foundation for your appraisal preparation. The session will guide you in effectively planning for the appraisal meeting, ensuring you make the most of this crucial interaction. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the importance of performance reviews and recognise the benefits they offer to both individuals and managers. 
  • Develop SMART objectives as a foundation for productive discussions with their manager during the appraisal process. 
  • Apply a straightforward framework to effectively plan for and actively engage in annual performance reviews, ultimately leveraging these conversations to drive personal growth and development. 

This workshop most closely aligns to Empowering Professional Development, by encouraging participants to take the lead on preparing for and engaging in their own appraisal or annual review. It also relates to Focusing on Results and Taking Accountability

Is this workshop right for you?  

All are welcome to attend, and this workshop is aimed at Associate, Member and Accredited Member of AHEP. If you are not yet a member of AHEP, please refer to guidance on our membership levels to determine if this workshop is right for you. 

We look forward to welcoming you to this event.

Details in brief

Venue: Online

Date: Thursday, 16 May

Duration: 09:30 – 13:00

Price: AHEP Member £60+VAT | Non-member £120+VAT

If you have any questions, please contact

Sophie Lovejoy

Independent coach, facilitator & OD consultant

Sophie has worked in the HE sector since 1995, in roles spanning technical, research, teaching, and organisational learning and development. Her time as Director of Organisational Development for the 1994 Group saw her leading collaborative development programmes across 18 universities, and she has since worked across the whole spectrum of UK HEIs.

Since leaving the University of Westminster in 2018, Sophie has worked with HE clients to deliver a variety of organisational development activities, including an Athena Swan silver award and a leadership programme for academics. She is an ILM qualified coach, with a particular interest in working with those who are in early to mid career Professional Services roles, and has extensive experience of developing and facilitating workshops (whether courses or bespoke team interventions, both online and in person). She is also co-founder of Thinking Outside, providing nature-based organisational development for teams.

Sophie also convenes the Organisational Development in Higher Education group, and is part of the AHEP consultancy team.