Our University recognised for supporting technicians


Our University has been recognised for its efforts in raising the profile of its technicians. At a Signatory Event for the Technician Commitment held last week at the Tower of London, the University was praised for its current actions and future plans to meet its Technician Commitment.

The University is one of the founding signatories of the Technician Commitment, a nationwide scheme aiming to address the challenges facing technical staff at HEIs and research institutions. At the event colleagues received on behalf of the University an Award of Submission for submitting an exemplary Action Plan and Self- Assessment to show how we are meeting the pledges of the Technician Commitment.

Our University received very positive feedback on the Action Plan, with reviewers commenting that “The University of Sheffield have an outstanding and exemplary commitment to and understanding of the technical community within the University”.

Terry Croft MBE, Institutional lead for the Technician Commitment at the University of Sheffield has said:

“Here at the University of Sheffield we are proud to be a founding signatory of the Technician Commitment and delighted to receive such positive feedback in recognition of all the hard work that has gone in to raising the profile of the technical community at Sheffield.

"I am pleased that we are rated as excellent and seen as a beacon of best practice in supporting our technicians and delivering on the Technician Commitment pledges to date.

"The majority of sectors would come to a standstill if it wasn’t for the wide variety of skills and expertise of our professional technicians and this is also true for the Higher Education sector, and indeed our own University.”

Earlier this year the new National Technician Development Centre at the University was launched to provide universities across the UK with information, expertise and tools to create a sustainable future for their technical staff and services. It provides the highest level of support to all technicians in the sector and Sheffield has now gained national recognition for its work in this area.

The submissions were assessed by the Technician Commitment Steering Board which comprises members from a range of higher education sector organisations and stakeholders.

The full action plan and the feedback can be found on the University's Technician Commitment web pages.