Support technicians to gain recognition through professional registration and external awards schemes

Professional Bodies

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Science Council Professional Registration

The Science Council’s registers provide a framework for professional values and practice throughout science careers.

They licence professional bodies to award:

  • RSciTech – Registered Science Technician
  • RSci – Registered Scientist
  • CSci – Chartered Scientist

Further information on professional registration can be found here.

Further information on applying for professional registration can be found here.

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Employer Champion Programme

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.

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University of Newcastle Case Study

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.”

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Engineering Council

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.

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BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT

Professional Registration for IT Technicians, designed to recognise the talents of IT Technicians. RITTech is a brand new standard for IT Technicians provided by BCS.

For more information watch the following video or head to the webpage.

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Professional Registration for those working in Arts & Media

The Institute of Science and Technology are developing a professional register for those working in arts and media.

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Advance HE/HE Academy

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.

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Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

Professional body that awards the EngTech to qualified technicians on behalf of the Engineering Council.

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Royal Society of Chemistry

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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Technicians Make it Happen (TMiH)

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.

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National Technician Development Centre

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.

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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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Royal Society of Chemistry Education Awards

Did you know that within the RSC Education awards, there are a number of awards suitable for technical colleagues and teams? We welcome nominations from both RSC members and non-members, and you can also nominate members and non-members for awards.

You can find out more about each of the prizes at the links below – and don’t forget that nominations close on 30th June.

Horizon Prizes for Education: celebrate the ground-breaking innovations and initiatives that mark a step change in education. 

Excellence in Higher Education Prize: recognises inspirational, innovative and dedicated people working in higher education. 

Early Career Prize for Excellence in Higher Education: recognises inspirational, innovative and dedicated people in the first five years of their career in higher education. 

Team Prize for Excellence in Higher Education: recognises teams or collaborations who have had a positive impact on students in higher education. 

Nyholm Prize for Education: recognises inspirational, innovative and dedicated individuals or teams working in education. 

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Institute of Physics

Technician Award

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.

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Times Higher Education Awards

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.

2019 Winner

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.”

2019 Winners

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

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

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The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK

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. 

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Salters Institute

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. 

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Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

All those that hold ICE technician membership can apply for the following awards and competitions.

2019 Winners

Jean Venables Medal - Mini Sreekumar

Eloise Plunkett Award - Amy Wright who travelled to East Africa


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Society of Operations Engineers - Hats off to EngTechs

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.

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HE Bioscience Technician of the Year Award

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. 

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Papin Prize

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. 

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British Psychological Society - BPSO

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 ( 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. 

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