The Technician Commitment Initiative

The University of Sheffield is a signatory of the Technician Commitment and pledges to ensure visibility, recognition, career development, and sustainability for all technical staff working in higher education and research.

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Ensure that all technicians within the organisation are identifiable and that the contribution of technicians is visible within and beyond the institution


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2. Recognition

Support technicians to gain recognition through professional registration

With the support from the Institute of Science and Technology (IST), working professionals can achieve the very best from their work and professional development and be rewarded for it.

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Professional Registration can also be achieved through many organisations which support Science, Engineering, IT and Higher Education. 


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Enable career progression opportunities for technicians through the provision of clear, documented career pathways

The National Technician Development Centre is based in Sheffield and will tackle the shortage of specialist technical skills in the Higher Education sector. The centre has access to a vital, means-tested resource known as the TDM Toolkit.

The Technical Development and Modernisation (TDM) Department at the University of Sheffield developed a resource which assists faculties and departments within our University and other Higher Education Institutions to identify skills gaps and provide clear pathways.


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Ensure the future sustainability of technical skills across the organisation and that technical expertise is fully utilised


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Regularly assess the impact of actions taken in support of the commitment to ensure their effectiveness

The National Technician Development Centre team with the support of the IST will work with the University of Sheffield to evaluate impact through self assessment and to develop a future action plan.


In May 2017, the University of Sheffield became a signatory of the Technician Commitment, this is how TUoS meets its pledges:

Visibility

To ensure technicians at TUoS are identifiable, the Technicians Network (TechNet) was set up to create a vibrant forum of cross-faculty technologists.

Four events are held per year to allow networking as well as developing skills or informing about University departments, services and many talks from technicians from different areas.

See all our events Here

Recognition

The University of Sheffield are partners with the Institute of Science and Technology (IST). The IST can accredit technicians with RSciTech, RSci and CSci.

Awards for professional registration (Registered Scientist):
Eleanor Markham - Faculty of Science (Biomedical Science)
Frank Fletcher - Faculty of Engineering (Materials Science & Engineering )
Helen Wright - Faculty of Engineering (Multidisciplinary Engineering Education)
Mark Ariaans - Medicine Dentistry & Health (Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease)
Allan Grundy - Faculty of Engineering (Civil & Structural Engineering)

Awards for apprentices:
Aaron Kirby - Biomedical Science
Anthony Hodder - Biomedical Science
Scott Weston - Biomedical Science
Keiren O Howarth - Mechanical Engineering

Career Development

The University of Sheffield are partners with the National Technician Development Centre (NTDC), and have resources to look into career pathways/frameworks.

Sustainability

The University of Sheffield are partners with the National Technician Development Centre (NTDC), and have resources to ensure succession planning and utilisation of training programmes as well as the Apprenticeship levy.

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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 on 6th November at the Tower of London, the University was praised for its current actions and future plans to meet its Technician Commitment.

Read more Here


TechNet Event: The Technician Commitment - 12.30pm Tuesday 9th October 2018 - click HERE for more information

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The University of Sheffield and HEFCE have invested £1.125m into a National Technician Development Centre to tackle the shortage of specialist technical skills in the Higher Education sector.

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