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The Concordat is an agreement, between funders and employers of research staff, including technicians engaged in research, to improve the employment and support for researchers and research careers in UK higher education.
Vitae are a non-profit programme supporting the professional development of researchers, they are experts on the implementation of the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.
The leading provider of professional development and networking opportunities for all disciplines of the technical workforce in higher and further education, and related organisations across the UK.
Network Events – These are the largest face-to-face networks of technical professionals in the UK and are the perfect opportunity to increase the visibility of technicians, showcasing their technical facilities and technical staff expertise. Find out more here.
Action Plan – HEaTED’s raising the profile of technical staff action plan is a practical guide to increasing visibility of technicians in your organisation and beyond. Contact HEaTED for a copy of the action plan.
Training Provider – Become a training provider and Increase the visibility of the technicians delivering the training while generating revenue for your organisation.
Online Community – Provides a dedicated virtual network of over 2,500 technicians. Every technician at your institution can create a free profile and connect with peers across the UK, sharing best practice and increasing their visibility.
National Network of Arts Technicians (NNATs) – a dedicated network increasing the visibility of technicians within the arts. Find out more here.
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.
Career Development Opportunities
NTDC provides guidance and signposting to opportunities such as networking, mentoring, secondments and work shadowing to help raise awareness and visibility. Find out more here.
TechNet is a network model designed for technicians within higher education. It aims to raise the profile of the technical community by increasing the visibility of technicians, connect individuals who share common interests and perform similar activities, and provide a platform for those individuals to create awareness, learn about new technologies and share good practice. TechNet started out at the University of Sheffield but is open to technicians from other Higher Education Institutions. Find out more here.
TechNet Newsletter – Quarterly newsletters that keep you up to date with what is happening at TechNet, along with current news and issues affecting technicians, including regular contributions from practicing technicians. Sign up here.
Technician Skills, Roles and Responsibilities Audit
Identifies and captures every element of a technician’s role, enabling institutions to increase visibility of technicians by providing evidence of contribution and impact. Find out more here.
Volunteers from a wide range of STEM related jobs and disciplines across the UK that offer their time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life. STEM Ambassadors are an important and exciting free-of-charge resource for teachers and others engaging with young people in and outside of the classroom.
Technicians make it happen is a multi-channel campaign aiming to highlight the value of technicians to the UK’s economy and promote the varied and rewarding career pathways related to being a technician.
What’s your story? – Meet the technicians – They would like to hear from technicians or organisations that employ technicians in an interesting field to tell their story and inspire others to consider their career. Get in touch and tell them about the work and they could be featured on the page. Find out more here.
TMiH On Tour – Attend an event, discover more about becoming a technician and get to meet the people who make it happen. Find out more here.
Following on from a consultation in summer 2014 aimed at identifying vulnerable capabilities and skills within the UK bioscience and biomedical research base, BBSRC surveyed more than 800 technicians and laboratory assistants about their roles, careers and professional recognition. The results revealed opportunities for change in the current ill-defined status of technical staff.
The largest event held specifically for UK and Ireland higher education technical staff. This year it was held at the University of Birmingham on the 25th June 2019. The next will be in 2021 so watch this space for announcments.
To ensure a wide audience recognise the value of technicians, the Royal Society of Chemistry offers a range of awards available to teams and individuals including the Higher Education Technical Excellence award, Industry Technician of the Year, and Apprentice of the Year.
The Royal Society of Chemistry’s networks provide opportunities for members to connect with each other face to face and online, with networks based on either regional area or specific subjects. With some funding available for travel, the RSC brings people together to socialise, share ideas and collaborate.
Technician Commitment videos created by some of the signatories
Without technicians, The University of Nottingham would not be able to function. Work by the University’s Technical Focus Group, which aims to raise the profile of its 700 technicians, has been recognised with an S-Lab Award for ‘Making a Difference’. Take a look at what their technicians do.
Find out about networks available to technicians
TMU is an informal voluntary association of technical managers and supervisors working within engineering, technology & science to support a wide range of disciplines in universities throughout the United Kingdom.
The University Biological Supervisors’ Association is an organisation for Laboratory Managers in university biological, biochemical and life science departments, schools and faculties. It brings together knowledge and expertise held by Professional Managers from across a broad spectrum of Universities in the UK and Ireland.
The Association of Technical Staff in Psychology exists primarily to share knowledge between technicians working in Psychology and Psychology related departments in academic institutions.
Core Technologies for Life Sciences (CTLS) is a non-profit association that aims to bring together scientists, technical and administrative staff working in or in close association with shared resource laboratories, such as core facilities, technological platforms and research infrastructures.