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Personal Development Planning

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Personal Development Planning (PDP) is a structured and supported process to help individuals with their educational, career and professional development. The dynamic process involves a continuous cycle of critical reflection, action planning, monitoring progress, recording achievements and evaluating developments.

The MCDC PDP programme uses the expertise and resources of a Professional Development and Educational Advisor to provide individual support and help to develop and implement individualised Personal Development Action Plans, monitor progress, and review on-going PDP developments. A modest budget is provided to each individual to help with purchasing the resources needed to help achieve their PDP objectives. These resources range from online and face-to-face training courses (not yet available within their institutions), to software to support their research, and to visits to other African institutions and research laboratories to help with learning specific skills and techniques.

As part of their five-year PDP programme, the PhD students and MCDC Investigators develop a career development plan, which focuses on developing the individually-identified needs required to assist with their career development and progression.

If you would like any further information on the MCDC PDP programme please Hazel [dot] Mccullough [at] lshtm [dot] ac [dot] uk (contact us.)

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