How to get involved

Get involved with the University of Sheffield's Technicians Network in any of the following ways.


Join the TechNet steering group

Calling all technicians! TechNet needs you!

TechNet is a network for technical staff across the University of Sheffield which was founded in 2014 to share best practice, foster professional connections and increase the visibility and recognition of technical related staff across our University.

After a gruelling period of pandemic lockdowns, a new academic year is underway and with it hopefully a return to some form of normality. The TechNet steering group is ready for a fresh start as well and is actively looking for new members to support our activities.

As a TechNet steering group member, you will help to organise several events throughout the academic year for colleagues with technical related roles across the University, as well as supporting our online presence and championing technical development in your local areas.

There are no formal restrictions on who can join the group. We are looking for individuals at all levels, from apprentices to technical managers. Our content can only be relevant if we know what our technical community actually wants to hear. So we are looking for a diverse mix of technical backgrounds, to ensure everyone’s voice is heard and everyone’s interests are covered. TechNet is very much for the technical community, by the technical community.

All we ask is for a small time commitment to help with organising at least two of our events per calendar year, lots of enthusiasm and some fresh ideas. In return, you will have a great opportunity to broaden your horizons, get to know more colleagues with diverse technical interests and experience at the University and help to boost our profession.

If you are interested in joining the steering group, please email or get in touch with our co-chairs Laura ( or Mark (

The TechNet steering group.

Check out the TechNet steering group

Come to our TechNet events

Quarterly events at Sheffield based on ideas submitted by technicians.

These are usually lunchtime events with drinks and cake provided.

Previous events have included: "Are you getting the best out of your SRDS?", "Procurement - who are we?", "Close encounters with a technical mind" and many more.

For information on our upcoming events, please visit our events page.


Join the online forum

The online forum provides a convenient and easily accessible way for technicians to talk to each other. Join the online community to find new ideas and better ways of working.

Simply follow the link below, which will take you to our forum in Google Groups. There, you just need to click on "Join Group" and there you go! We are now connected.


Connect with us on social media

Follow us on Twitter: @Your_TechNet

If you would like more information, have any ideas or suggestions, email

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