PDP Templates

Within the LJMU e-Portfolio system, a number of PDP templates are available to help build the pages within your e-portfolio. Your tutor may advise you to use specific templates when creating your e-portfolio or you may be at liberty to choose from the range provided.

 To view the Steve Thomson example e-portfolio, please click here.


The templates fall within three main categories:

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The following summaries provide further information about the PDP templates provided within each category.  (Please note: There is also a Blank template that you can use to create your own page design and content) .

Self-awareness and aspirations

The templates within this category are useful for helping you to describe who you are and to develop an understanding of your own particular traits and preferences. They also help you reflect on your prior experiences and achievements, as well as enabling you to articulate your longer-term aspirations. (There is a template that you can use for initial self-diagnosis of your competencies with reference to LJMU Graduate Skills).

Additional note: It may be that you are not willing to share some of your very personal reflections with others. In this case, you can either choose not to share specific pages based on some of these templates with other users or you can create a separate portfolio for personal reflections).

Template Title


About Me

The PDP About Me template is a good starting point for your e-portfolio. You can use it to provide a brief welcome statement, as an introduction to your e-portfolio. As well as introducing yourself, you can provide a brief outline of the other pages included in your e-portfolio.

Personal Notes

The PDP Personal Notes template helps you to reflect on your past experiences and achievements, as well as providing the opportunity for you to note your future aspirations, ambitions and hopes.
In the past experiences and achievements section, you can outline what you have gained from work-related and other activities, outside accredited learning contexts, as well as through the achievement of educational and other awards.
In the future aspirations, ambitions and hopes section, you can note down not only what you hope to achieve through your LJMU programme but also what you would like to aspire to in five, or ten years time.

Learning Styles

The PDP Learning Styles template can be used to help you determine your preferred learning style or other personal traits from a range of diagnostics, such as VARK, Honey and Mumford or Myers Briggs. You can record the outcome from a specific diagnostic and any implication for your future learning or personal development.


The PDP SWOT template is a useful aid in helping you analyse your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, with reference to your personal qualities, skills and experiences.

Graduate Skills Diagnostic


The Graduate Skills Diagnostic template can be used to help you begin the process of thinking about and engaging with this opportunity. For each of the 8 Graduate Skills, the full set of skills criteria is listed. When starting your programme at LJMU, you can use the Graduate Skills Diagnostic to rate yourself against each criterion, add any evidence or reflective comment to support your rating and indicate how important you consider the criterion is in relation to your future career. It may be suggested that you share this information with your PDP tutor or skills assessor and this will be very useful, if you feel it is appropriate.

Ongoing personal development planning, recording and reflection

The templates within this category can prove useful with all aspects of PDP, as you progress through your programme of study and into lifelong learning. They can help you set your PDP goals, priorities and action plan, and record and reflect on your personal development. Specifically, you can record and reflect on your Graduate Skills development, goal achievement or aspects of your development acquired through work-related and other experiences outside LJMU. A key element of PDP is recording how you are developing as a person through your programme of study but also through the wider range of activities that you engage in, such as part-time work, volunteering or leisure activities.

Goals and Action Plan

The PDP Goals and Action Plan template helps you to define your short, medium and long-term personal development goals, along with your action plan steps and completion dates. The goals may be related to your programme of study or other activities external to the university. You can assign an overall target date for a goal and also for the individual steps. You can also give each goal a priority, such as high, intermediate or low. From time to time, you may wish to modify the content by adding new goals or adjusting timescales and/or priorities.


The PDP Priorities template provides you with an additional opportunity to list your priorities, for each goal, in order of significance. By referring, to the list you can ensure that you are focusing on the goals with highest priority, at any point in time.

Graduate Skills

The PDP Graduate Skills template can be used to help you store evidence to support your skill development and to reflect on your progress with reference to the various skill criteria. As you progress through your programme, you will need to visit this page to update your progress towards meeting the criteria. Your tutor or skills assessor will need to assess your graduate skill development and sharing this template with the appropriate evidence and reflection may be the best way. If you have scanned in some feedback on skills, you are advised to keep the original documentary evidence.


The PDP Achievements template can help you to reflect on your progress towards goals that you have set. For each goal that you have achieved, you can add a supporting statement, reflecting on the achievement, and the date of achievement. The supporting statement could include positive aspects of the achievement, as well as particular issues that you had to overcome that may inform your achievement of other goals.


The PDP Experiences template can support your personal development associated with experiences within and outside LJMU. These can include work-based and work-related activities within your programme, as well as other activities that you may participate in outside LJMU, such as part-time work or leisure activities. For each experience, you can reflect on how it has impacted on you and how this might influence any future actions that you might take, perhaps in similar situations.

Presentation and CV development

An e-portfolio can itself be presented electronically to others within LJMU or to individuals external to LJMU, such as prospective employers. However, additional PDP templates have been incorporated for the development of CVs and associated cover letters. (Please note: The CV and Cover Letter templates provided represent only examples of how these can be developed and further help on CV development is available through the LJMU Careers Service).


You can use the e-portfolio PDP CV templates to help develop a CV. However, this is only one way of compiling your CV and you should make sure that any CV that you develop follows the guidelines provided through the LJMU Careers Service. Three of the CV templates have been developed by the Careers Development Service, see templates: PDP13 CV, PDP14 CV and PDP15 CV.

Cover Letter

You can use the e-portfolio PDP Cover Letter template to help develop a covering letter but this is only one way of presenting it and you should make sure that any letter follows the guidelines provided through the LJMU Careers Service. The Careers Development Service have also developed an online Cover Letter for the e-Portfolio, please see the following template: PDP11 Cover Letter

Page last modified 07 September 2012.

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