TechNet past events

Since TechNet's launch in 2014 we have offered a varied and insightful programme of events aimed at bringing technical staff together and improving their working lives. Here you can find an archive of our past events to give you a flavour of the topics covered.



TechNet event: Career Pathways for Technicians - Thursday, 31st March 2022

This was our first in-person event for some time and focused on technical career pathways and the forthcoming NTDC Technical Skills Survey. The following speakers kindly gave presentations for the event:

Penny Jackson (Director of Operations, Faculty of Science) - activities of the Technical Development Steering Group (download here)

Robert Gower (Human Resources) - Technical career pathways (download here)

Jared Carnie (NTDC) - Introducing the Technical Skills Survey (download here)

A recording of  the whole session can be found here.


TechNet: Winter Social - Wednesday, 8th December 2021

Virtual TechNet: Wellbeing. - Thursday, 27th April 2021

This virtual event focussed around staff wellbeing during the pandemic. We had a rich and interactive agenda that started with an update on the Technician Commitment. Afterwards, Emily Faulds and Ellie Moreland, from HR, discussed the '6 Ways to Wellbeing'. Some of our brave colleagues shared their mental health and wellbeing experiences during the lockdown in a panel discussion, which according to the feedback was one of the most valuable parts of the event. Finally, Adelina E Acosta Martin led us through a couple of interactive sessions to reflect about the place that our connection with nature has in our mental wellbeing (a theme aligned with the Mental Health Awareness Week), and to collectivelly share positive steps that can be taken to support and improve mental health based on the '6 Ways to Wellbeing'.

Despite this was a challenging subject, the feedback from antendees showed that the event was balanced and engaging:

I thought the length of each section was ideal and kept everyone easy engaged.


Virtual TechNet: Technicians during COVID-19. - Tuesday, 29th September 2020

In our first virtual event, we have celebrated our 2020 nominees for the THE Outstanding Technician of the Year, and had an update from the National Technician Development Centre (NTDC) and from the Higher Education and Technician Educational Development (HEaTED). Finally, we had talks from our valuable Technicians about what  they have been up to during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Andrew Kerr, who talked about the challenges faced in IT Services in the transition to lockdown; Claire Allen, who talked about the fantastic organisation that was put in place to keep the Aquarium working during lockdown; and Mark Ariaans, who gave a fascinating talk about the COVID related research that is taking place at heart of the Medical School.

This is some of the amazing feedback that we've got on the event:

The variety of speakers presenting on subjects relevant to Sheffield's technical community particularly in the current Covid-19 climate. Great insight and a source useful information.

All of the sessions were excellent, they were really interesting, it was well organised, the virtual platform worked really well and I will definitely think of using this myself for any future virtual events.

TechNet: Celebrating our technical staff. Recognising their value through professional registration. - Friday 17th July 2020

Unfortunately, due to limited human resources to organise it online, this event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for the new academic year.

Technet: Technicians career development - Tuesday 28th April 2020

Unfortunately, this event was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic. This event will be rescheduled for the new academic year.

TechNet: The Impact of our Technicians - Tuesday 21st January 2020

In this event we had exciting talks from two of our Technicians: Rachel Sandy, who talked about the impact of being a Registered Animal Technician, and Adelina E Acosta-Martin who talked about her research into the value Research Facility Staff add to the education of PG students.

TechNet: Winter Social - Wednesday 8 January 2020


TechNet: Our Oustanding Technicians - 17 July 2019

An awards evening to recognise technicians from our university who were nominated for the Times Higher Education: Outstanding Technician of the Year Award

TechNet: Celebrating Technical Careers - 23 April 2019

TechNet: Making the Most of Mentoring - 8 February 2019


TechNet Christmas Social - 3 December 2018

TechNet: The Technician Commitment - 9 October 2018

This event showed staff how they can personally engage with and contribute to how the University commits to promoting their visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability. Keynote speakers key people on what has been happening so far in our University and across other Universities.

TechNet: The Next Generation - Apprenticeships and Trainees - 19 July 2018

Aimed at those who supervise or work alongside apprentices and trainee staff, or those who are considering introducing an apprenticeship/trainee program, this event offered advice and discussion on how to make the most of these star technicians of the future.

TechNet: Departmental Inductions - 27 April 2018

An opportunity for technical staff to offer their feedback on departmental induction packages, including how these could be done differently and how they can be more inclusive and informative for technical staff. This event was designed around suggestions made by staff at a previous TechNet event.

TechNet: Celebrating the Diversity of Technicians - 30 January 2018

An event focused on the diversity of technical staff at the University of Sheffield, open to technicians, researchers, admin staff, technical managers, HR personnel, staff development, teaching staff and anybody who has an interest in the technical community.


TechNet: Celebrating Our Technical Staff - 12 October 2017

This networking event celebrated the talent and diversity of professional technicians here at the University of Sheffield. The event featured the presentation of awards to recently professionally registered technicians alongside recognition of apprenticeships, followed by a showcase of work by technical staff.

TechNet: Job Interviews - How to prepare, top tips and how to avoid common mistakes - 18 July 2017

TechNet: Presenting The Facts - 28 April 2017

Advice on public speaking and giving presentations delivered by Kevin Oxley, former chair of TechNet.

TechNet: David Kirby - Lab Coats in Hollywood - 8 February 2017

Discussing both scientists' impact on cinema and cinema's influence on science, this event highlighted some of the scientific community's long-standing concerns about the impact of inaccurate science in the media on public attitudes towards science. 


TechNet Christmas Social - 5 December 2016

TechNet: Health & Safety - 14 October 2016

Tom Fleming, head of Health and Safety at the University of Sheffield, spoke on the University's H&S vision for the future, current H&S policy and the importance of this for the technical community.

TechNet: Teaching, Training & Recognition - 19 July

Technicians are often at the forefront of teaching, be it providing inductions or specific training to students and staff at all levels on equipment, techniques or processes or through providing support to practical classes. Technicians involved with teaching can benefit from becoming accredited through the Higher Education Academy. This event hosted experts from the HEA to discuss what accreditation means, how technicians can achieve it and how it can benefit their roles.

TechNet: Close Encounters with a Technical Mind? - 19 April 2016

A networking event featuring short talks by technicians across the Faculties of Science, Social Science, Medicine, Dentistry & Health, Engineering and Arts & Humanities from TUoS. 

TechNet: Procurement - Who Are We? - 23 February 2016

An event to guide technicians through the practicalities of procurement, including why we have to buy from certain suppliers, why some purchases must go to tender and why sometimes multiple quotes are needed for specific items of equipment.


TechNet: Careering your way through life: Do you plan it or just let it happen? - 25 November 2015

This event explored career planning this through diverse accounts of how individuals reached their present positions. Workshops included hands-on, thought-provoking exercises which allow the individual to assess their own career situation and look at how best to achieve their next goal.

TechNet: What is the catalyst project? - 25 September 2015

Terry Croft, Director of Technical Development & Modernisation at the UoS presented an overview of the project, which focuses on influencing and shaping the future of the technicians of tomorrow.

TechNet: Are You Getting The Best Out Of Your SRDS? - 12 May 2015

TechNet: Who Do You Think We Are? - 11 February 2015


TechNet: Technicians Showcase - 6 November 2014

A range of technicians from TUoS spoke about their roles, career pathways, part-time study, collaborating with other departments, and why it's great to be a part of TUoS.

TechNet: Spotlight On Career Development - 1 July 2014

Career experts from TUoS and external organisations delivered presentations on career development opportunities, training courses, mentorship schemes, professional registration and other career-enhancing ideas.

TechNet: Technicians' Network - 17 March 2014

An introductory event to TechNet: a new way for technicians to discuss, collaborate and improve the way they work.

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