Stories from technicians

Here at the University we are leading a leading a scheme to tackle a black hole in universities’ technical expertise.

Since our Technical Development and Modernisation project successfully secured £400,000 from the Higher Education Funding Council for England to pioneer career pathways for technicians, we have continued to support the sector in a variety of projects and initiatives concerning the professional technical community working in higher education.

One key success has been the development of a technical resources toolkit which helps higher education institutions address the major problems associated with sustaining a highly skilled, flexible and agile technical workforce.

Technicians have always been vital to the very best research and teaching in universities. In Sheffield, our scientific technicians have worked on the Hadron Collider in CERN and they are partners in addressing the great medical and environmental challenges of our time.

However, the challenges are widely known. Research by the Technician Council found the UK must educate another 450,000 technicians across all sectors by 2020 to address a massive skills shortage.

This week we are supporting the national campaign technicians make it happen, showcasing how technicians are vital to society. Here are case studies from some of our 700 talented technicians: