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Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently asked questions about the Technician Commitment

What is the Technician Commitment?

The Technician Commitment is a university and research institution initiative, led by a steering group of sector bodies, with support from the Science Council and the Technicians Make It Happen campaign. The Commitment aims to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research, across all disciplines. Universities and research institutes are invited to become signatories of the Technician Commitment and pledge action against the key challenges affecting their technical staff. As part of our commitment to support and develop technical staff across the University, Royal Holloway became a signatory of the Science Council’s Technician Commitment in October 2017.

What are the aims and objectives of the Technician Commitment Action Plan?

The Action plan aims to Support the skills, professional and career development of all technical staff,Recognise and value the contribution that technical staff make to the success of the College,Ensure that Royal Holloway meets its obligations as a signatory to the Science Council’s ‘Technician Commitment’,Ensure that the technical workforce has the skills, capacity and the behaviours required to meet the challenges of teaching and research.

Who is it for?

The Technician Commitment is for all staff who have a technical dimension to their role.

Who leads on the Technician Commitment?

Ken Badcock, Senior Vice Principal (ASPR), is the Champion for the profession. He is supported by the Technical Managers Working Group (TMWG) which is represented by the Colleges’ Technical Managers.

How will the Technician Commitment benefit me in my role?

The Technician Commitment will provide a range of opportunities that will enhance your career and personal development.

How will I be engaged?

Technical colleagues will be engaged at all levels. If you have any individual queries please speak to your line manager or Technical Manager.

How do I get involved?

There are many ways that you can get involved:

  •  Look out for upcoming events
  • Speak to your line manager / Technical Manager about training opportunities

How do I access funding for training?

Speak to your line manager about training opportunities and funding.