National Action Research Network (NARN) on Researching and Evaluating Personal Development Planning (PDP) and e-Portfolio.

This was network project - based at the University of Bolton, managed jointly by Sue Burkinshaw and Dr John Peters, NTF 2001, University of Worcester, using the expertise and network power of the Centre for Recording Achievement (CRA) to bring together those at the forefront of PDP implementation. The Project ran from 2007-2010. This is a revised page to allow access to all documents.

The participating institutions were: University of Bolton, University of Worcester,

University of Newcastle, UCE Birmingham, London Metropolitan University,

Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Wolverhampton,

University of Bradford, Bournemouth University, University of Portsmouth,

University of Bedfordshire, University of Liverpool, University of Exeter,

University of Gloucestershire, University of Salford and the University of Central Lancashire.


Outcome documents (available to download via the links below)


Project level

Executive Summary | Initial Powerpoint Presentation | Final Report


Cross institutional:

Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education - Interaction and passion in a PDP Community (Sue Burkinshaw)

Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education - Building research capacity in a practitioner community (John Peters)

Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education Forming communities of practice (Christine Keenan, Peter Hughes, Arti Kumar)

Journal of Learning Development in Higher EducationAn overview of the development of Personal Development Planning (PDP) and e-Portfolio practice in UK higher education (Janet Strivens, Rob Ward


Institutional perspectives grouped by theme, based upon research questions written by Project members

The Student/Staff perspective

The Personal Tutor role

E Portfolios

PDP:  how this supports learning, professional development and reflection.

The Pedagogies for Personal Development Planning


In Association with.....