UCL Personal and Professional Development
- Getting Started...
- The Development Process
- Personal Tutors
Palgrave's Skills4Study Campus offers a number of modules to help you with your development at university. It's free for all UCL students with their UCL logins.
- Getting ready for academic study
- Reading and note-making
- Critical thinking skills
- Writing skills
- Referencing and understanding plagiarism
- Groupwork and presentations
- Exam skills
- Projects, dissertations and reports
- Employability and personal development
- Time management
- Confidence with numbers
- Research Principles
UCL ChangeMakers is a great way to kick off your research-based education at UCL.
We will support you in running or getting involved with a research project to innovate, enhance or improve your learning experience at UCL.
Get involved: www.ucl.ac.uk/changemakers
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Planning Personal and Professional Development
The first thing you must do is prioritise which area to develop. We recommend that you do this as a 2-part process. Click for more information:
- Select an area to concentrate on. You may choose a category in the PPD Framework (academic; self management; communicating; working with others) or you might wish to focus on an area relevant to the transition to UCL, academic work or career development
- Select 1-3 areas to develop and 1-3 areas that are strengths in the profile section of the PPD System. What you choose to develop may not be your weakest area, but where development is likely to provide you with the greatest benefit and you have the opportunity to do so
Secondly you must plan your personal and professional development by creating a specific, stepwise plan in the planning section of the PPD System. Click for more guidance:
The most successful plans tend to:
- Contain specific actions to be completed by a certain time (e.g. by 1 February) or taken at a regular re-occurring time (e.g. at 3pm on Fridays)
- Be specific, e.g. 'read Stephen Covey's The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People' is better than 'read a book on self-management'
- Include a target outcome by which you can measure your success, e.g. 'I will have reached my development target when I receive feedback from at least 3 people that I gave an audible, well structured and clear presentation to at least 30 people'
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