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New staff appraisal scheme is now ready for use

The new Queen Mary Performance and Development Appraisal Scheme is now ready for use and replaces the Queen Mary Performance Appraisal Scheme (QMPAS).

The forms, guidance materials, training tools and policy are now published on the HR website. A series of one-hour open sessions between Tuesday 28 May and Friday 7 June are also available for those with comments or questions after using the toolkit and completing the training material. More information about these is also on the HR website:
http://www.hr.qmul.ac.uk/procedures/appraisal/index.html

The close date for appraisals is extended to the end of September, to give colleagues more time to undertake the training and get familiar with the new Scheme.

Professor Morag Shiach, Vice-Principal for Humanities and Social Sciences, who led the working party comprising representatives from Faculties, Professional Services and trade unions in developing the appraisal scheme, said, “I think the new Scheme represents a real step forward for Queen Mary. It’s designed to encourage positive conversations that help individuals to develop whilst, at the same time, ensuring their work is linked to the overall strategy and ambitions of QM.”

The Scheme recognises that effective conversations are not one-off annual events: Chris Pearson, HR Director commented, “Conversations that are at the heart of appraisal – about objectives, continuous development, help and support, and career ambitions – are conversations which many staff are having during the year anyway. This Scheme makes these conversations more consistent and better structured, rather than creating a new raft of activity and taking up more time.”

Like QMPAS, it is a single scheme for all Queen Mary staff, with the exception of:

  • staff on probation who follow the probationary process; and
  • staff who follow an NHS scheme, such as clinical academics, or schemes designed for their professional revalidation. These other schemes have been validated to avoid unnecessary repetition of discussions.

The new scheme was agreed by QMSE and all of QM’s recognised trade unions in May. The draft was published in e-Bulletin in March 2013 to all staff.

Information on how the new scheme was developed and a timeline, FAQs and who was consulted is on Connect

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