My Performance and Development Conversation (MPDC) is our approach to holding performance reviews.

MPDC is about setting your work objectives for the year, aligned to the University's 2030 strategic plan, your department or service plan and underpinned by our values and behaviours. 

It is about having positive, future focused conversations throughout the year rather than simply at the beginning and at the end.

It is also about you taking responsibility for your performance and development and owning your role in the process.


Guidance Material
Using Aston Staff Portal to record your MPDC

For all staff and managers. Once you've had your My Performance and Development Conversation, you will need to record, update and keep track of your work priorities using the Aston Staff Portal.

Guidance on how to do this is available in Solve. 

Resources and forms
Development Opportunities

What support is available to managers?

Available to complete on demand is the Introduction to My Performance and Development Conversation for Managers module. In this module you will learn about the underpinning principles, the MPDC cycle, tips for having effective conversations and using the staff portal to input and approve priorities.

Also available throughout the year are sessions to support managers hold effective performance conversations. These sessions will be delivered through remote learning or face to face delivery and include:

  1. Setting clear objectives 
  2. Mid point review 
  3. Having effective development conversations 
  4. Reviewing MPDC conversations 

Book these via Staff Portal.

What support is available to staff?

If you would like to know more you can access our Introduction to MPDC for Staff e-learning.

If have any questions, please contact  


Contact your HR or OD Business Partner if you have any questions about My Performance and Development Conversation.