Message from the Provost: new planning and development framework for academic staff

24 September 2012

I am very pleased to let you know that the University's new academic planning and development (AP&D) process is ready for you to use.

The new process has been developed following extensive consultation across the University. By placing regular mentoring and coaching at its core, it will provide greater support for academic staff to develop their careers, and provide them with a better understanding of how they are contributing to wider faculty and University goals.

The most significant change in the new framework is that it has discarded the performance management and development (PM&D) rankings. Instead, each academic staff member will work with a colleague designated by their faculty - an AP&D advisor - to agree their annual goals and objectives. This ongoing mentoring relationship should provide better support for career development.

Under the new system, the objectives of academic staff are linked to University and faculty goals and minimum standards and expectations. From a University perspective, the AP&D process will therefore encourage a culture of engaged enquiry, foster greater mutual accountability through increased feedback and mentoring, and strengthen how our work relates to the broader communities we serve in Australia and overseas.

Unlike the paper-based PM&D, the AP&D process uses an online system called CareerPath. In the next few days, you will receive an email notification that asks you to log on to CareerPath to prepare for your first meeting with your AP&D advisor.

Many of you have already attended a briefing session about the new process. As you start to use it, I encourage you to take time to read the information on the new planning and development website, which provides detailed information about the process, a series of frequently asked questions, and a list of who to contact if you have additional questions.

I am confident the AP&D process represents a major advance in our support for academic staff at the University. If we can improve how we recognise, praise, support and provide feedback to academic colleagues across the University, we will be much better placed to ensure our combined efforts in teaching and research will contribute to our overall mission.

Yours sincerely

Stephen Garton