Partners and Contributors

Below are a list of our current partners and contributors, if you would like to know more about being our partner, or contributing to our project, please get in touch. 


Higher Education Funding Council for England


The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is part of the Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. It is responsible for the funding of Universities and Colleges of higher and further education and developing higher education policy. HEFCE provided the Catalyst funding secured by the University of Sheffield to start the ‘Development and embedding of career pathways for technicians across the higher education sector’ project - also known as Technical Development and Modernisation.

Steve Butcher, Head of Procurement at HEFCE, talks about the importance of technicians and the TDM project in his blog.

One of the many issues is understanding the breadth and depth of the technician workforce.The answers to many of these problems are complex and non-trivial and that is why we have funded the TDM project at Sheffield.

Steve Butcher, Head of procurement, HEFCE


Institute of Science and TechnologyIST Logo

The Institute of Science and Technology (IST) provide individual and focused professional support to a wide group of specialist, technical and managerial colleagues in a broad range of environments such as science, engineering, industry, local authorities, schools, FE, HE, research/analytical/health facilities, government departments and many more in the UK and overseas.


It’s great to be involved because we bring the views of the technical community directly to the project.

Terry croft, Director of TDM and Chairman of the IST



HEaTED is 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. HEaTED is supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

The role of technicians is increasingly recognised as essential to the organisations for which they work. TDM career development frameworks will only serve to enhance recognition and future prospects for technical staff.

Dr Katherine Forsey, Membership and Network Manager, HEaTED

We are also fully supported by our partners and contributors at other institutions, which include:

University of Birmingham, University of Sheffield, University of Nottingham, Imperial College London, University of Westminster, University of Exeter, Sheffield Hallam University, Lancaster University, University of Liverpool, University of Cambridge, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Newcastle University, Bristol University, University of Hull, Loughborough University, University of Leeds and Plymouth University.