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The Science Council’s registers provide a framework for professional values and practice throughout science careers.
They licence professional bodies to award:
Further information on professional registration can be found here.
Further information on applying for professional registration can be found here.
The Science Council recognises organisations that promote professional registration and development to their scientific staff through its Employer Champion programme. Current Employer Champions include the Medical Research Council (MRC), John Innes Centre, the Open University and King’s College London among many others.
For more information on the programme visit the webpage and take a look at this short film which explains more.
Newcastle University is very proud of the quality of their research and teaching. For this to succeed, “There must be a strong cohort of technicians.” according to Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chris Bring. Technical Manager for the Institute of Neuroscience Mel Leitch, immediately recognised the potential for professional registration to inspire not only his team, but all technical staff in the university. “Newcastle University as an employer is very committed to encouraging career development, and since our technicians make such a crucial contribution to the core research and teaching of the University, we felt the Science Council’s programme was tailor-made for us to meet this commitment.”
Working with the Science Council, Mel has organised workshops and registration days, and encouraged those in his team that are already registered to act as mentors for anyone going through the application process. “Recognition is something that we’ve been struggling with as a group of workers within Higher Education and professional registration has been a vehicle for giving us this recognition,” says Mel. “Those technicians that have become professionally registered have become super motivated. They come to me with solutions, not problems; they come with initiatives that they want to drive forward. Having that empowerment is really impressive.”
The Engineering Council is the UK regulatory body for the engineering profession and sets and maintains internationally recognised standards of professional competence and commitment. They licence professional bodies to award: Engineering Technicians (EngTech), Incorporated Engineers (IEng), Chartered Engineers (CEng) and Information and Communications Technology Technicians (ICTTech).
To find out more watch a short film about the Engineering Council.
Further information on professional registration can be found here.
The Institute of Science and Technology are developing a professional register for those working in arts and media.
The HEA support technicians to gain recognition for the contribution they make to teaching and supporting learning through HEA fellowship. HEA Fellowship is recognised internationally, demonstrating commitment to world-class teaching.
At the heart of HEA Fellowship is the Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), which are the professional standards and guidelines underpinning great teaching.
Professional body that awards the EngTech to qualified technicians on behalf of the Engineering Council.
The Royal Society of Chemistry is licensed to offer the professional awards of Registered Scientist (RSci) and Registered Science Technician (RSciTech), which recognise technicians’ skills, knowledge and professionalism. These registers provide independent recognition of achieving and maintaining the exacting standards required to join the global community of professional scientists. The RSC supports those considering registration with resources such as a YouTube video series and a dedicated team of professional registration specialists to offer advice, feedback and guidance on the application process.
As well as providing a clear bespoke route to registered or chartered status for employees, the RSC’s peer-reviewed accreditation provides employers with the confidence that their training and progression routes are of a recognised high standard. Accreditation helps companies to recruit and retain talented employees who are keen to develop their careers.
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Professional registration information.
Through professional registration technicians can demonstrate that, regardless of their career path, they can be trusted to complete an important job requiring specialist skills. So anyone who meets a registered technician – whether an employer, recruiter, customer or colleague – will know they are dealing with an accomplished professional.
The NTDC team aims to enhance the excellence and efficiency of the Higher Education technical workforce and support HEIs to achieve a sustainable future for technical staff and services. The Centre is home to the TDM Toolkit. NTDC experts are available to support Toolkit implementation and to deliver a portfolio of workshops and presentations focusing on the issues facing institutions and technicians. Additional consultancy services are also available on request.
Technician Profiles: read profiles from real technicians who have become professionally registered to hear about their ideas for CPD activities and what they view as the key benefits.
The Technical Career Pathways Tools deliver a technical role structure outlining expectations aligned to professional registration. Read more here.
HEaTED courses and network events provide CPD points and evidence that technicians can use on professional registration applications and renewals via any route or professional body.
Network events which all have a dedicated point of information on the recognition routes available to technicians can be found here.
HEaTED’s Teaching & Learning Skills for Technical Staff course is being mapped to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) by the HEA and supports applications for Associate Fellowship and Fellowship, a valuable recognition route for the teaching contribution made by technicians. Find out more here.
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Higher Education Technical Excellence Award . The Higher Education Technical Excellence Award (previously the Higher Education Technician of the Year) is for individuals or teams demonstrating exceptional contributions to technical support within the HE sector.
Nominations open April 2021.
2020 Higher Education Technical Excellence Award Winner: Technical Support Team in the Department of Chemistry at Lancaster University
The IOP Technician Award enables the community to recognise and celebrate the skills and experience of technicians and their contribution to physics.
With the aim of raising the professional status of technicians, the IOP Technician Award highlights the diverse role of technicians in education, research and industry.
The winner receives a prize of £1,000, a trophy and a certificate presented at the IOP annual awards dinner.
Take a look at the 2019 winners here
Nominations for the 2020 awards are now closed.
Outstanding Technician of the Year
This award is given to an individual whose exceptional practical skills, commitment and vision have enabled the highest quality teaching, research or knowledge transfer. It is open to technicians working in any discipline in UK universities and research institutes. Entries are accepted from institutions, technicians themselves, their colleagues or students, but in all cases testimonies must form part of the supporting documentation, Entries for 2020 have now closed and the shortlist will be published on Thursday 10 September 2020.
Barbara Kunz, The Open University
Geochemist Barbara Kunz was, the judges decided, the “stand-out nomination”.
“Dr Kunz embodies the very essence of the inaugural Outstanding Technician category,” our judges said. “She enables and drives research through the application of her theoretical and practical expertise and advanced equipment capabilities and experimental methodologies.”
IET Awards – Apprentice and Technician of the Year
Nominations for Engineering Technicians (EngTech) or ICT Technicians (ICTTech) are welcomed from the engineering, technology or education support sectors around the world.
The Technician Award is to recognise exceptional engineering contribution to the profession with emphasis on how they have demonstrated commitment to engineering/technology through their technical and professional development.
Nominations are now closed and will reopen in January 2020
The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK) invites applications for their annual awards to showcase the achievements of pharmacy technicians.
The nomination period is now closed.
Salters’ National Awards for Science Technicians
The aim of these Awards is to highlight the importance of technicians in enabling high quality practical work in science in schools and colleges, with the emphasis on promoting and supporting the professional learning and upskilling of technician teams.
Closing date has now passed for this year but check back soon for the 2020 round of applications.
All those that hold ICE technician membership can apply for the following awards and competitions.
Jean Venables Medal - Mini Sreekumar
Eloise Plunkett Award - Amy Wright who travelled to East Africa
As a commemoration of the unparalleled achievements of engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806 – 1859), whose name is synonymous with his iconic hat, SOE is issuing a Top Hat badge to all newly-registered SOE Engineering Technicians (EngTechs).
To find out how you can get a badge, please email the membership team.
The Higher Education Bioscience Technician of the Year Award has been developed jointly by the Royal Society of Biology and the University Bioscience Managers Association (UBMA). This is the second year this award has been made and was awarded at the UBMA 36th Annual Conference at Coventry University on Friday 3rd May 2019
Tina Schrader, Senior Research Technician at the University of Exeter, recieved this years award for demonstrating excellent technical expertise and inspiring others through her work.
Runner up, Juan Escobar, Teaching Laboratory Manager at the University of Oxford, was also recognised for his exceptional hard work and superb organisation.
Check back soon for the announcment of 2020 nominations.
The Papin Prizes recognise the skills, talent and experience of technicians in higher education, across the UK and Ireland. The deadline for Papin Prize nomination submission for HETS 2019 has now closed. The next round will be in 2021 so watch this space.
The BPSO in collaboration with the Association for Technical Staff in Psychology, makes two annual awards to psychology technicians. The Technical Support in Psychology Teaching Award and the Technical Support in Psychology Research Award. Contact Emma Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the British Psychological Society for more information.
Nominations for both awards closed on 2nd January 2019, check back here later in the year for announcment of 2020 nominations.