Technicians are key in supporting academic colleagues and students across the College. As a diverse group of specialists they support the practical elements of teaching and cutting edge research. Technical colleagues are relied upon to employ specialist training and knowledge to solve a variety of technical and practical problems that often require innovation, ingenuity, creativity and practical experience. They provide a pool of knowledge that can be passed on to other staff and students through instruction, training and mentoring.
As a College, we are one of the founding signatories of the Technician Commitment - a university and research institution initiative, led by a steering group of sector bodies, with support from the Science Council and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s “Technicians Make It Happen” campaign.
The Commitment aims to improve the visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for all technicians working in higher education and research, across all disciplines. Universities and research institutions were invited to become signatories of the Technician Commitment and pledge action against the key challenges affecting their technical staff.
Our Technician Commitment Action Plan focuses on four key areas:
- Visibility - Ensure that all technicians within the organisation are identifiable and that the contribution of technicians is visible within and beyond the institution
- Recognition – Support technicians to gain recognition through professional registration or extend a College Award for a Technician or Technical team; for an example
- Career development – Enable career progression opportunities for technicians through the provision of clear, documented career pathways
- Sustainability - Ensure the future sustainability of technical skills across the organisation and that technical expertise is fully utilised.
Colleagues have a role to play in achieving these aims, whether in a technical, academic or a leadership and management role.
The Technical Managers Working Group leads on the implementation of the action plan. The group comprises of Technical Managers, Ken Badcock and Human Resources colleagues. This group has played a key role in developing our action plan to meet the standards of the Technician Commitment.
For further information regarding the Technicians Commitment visit the Technician Commitment website https://www.technicians.org.uk/technician-commitment and https://sciencecouncil.org/employers/technician-commitment