The Technician Commitment is a university and research institution initiative, led by a steering group of sector bodies, with support from the Science Council and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Technicians Make It Happen campaign. The Commitment aims to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research, across all disciplines. Universities and research institutes are invited to become signatories of the Technician Commitment and pledge action against the key challenges affecting their technical staff.
The commitment includes 4 key areas:
Ensure that all technicians within the organisation are identifiable and that the contribution of technicians is visible within and beyond the institution
Support technicians to gain recognition through professional registration
Enable career progression opportunities for technicians through the provision of clear, documented career pathways
Ensure the future sustainability of technical skills across the organisation and that technical expertise is fully utilised
On 6 November the Technician Commitment launched it’s first report – Technician Commitment: One year in.
Signatories have access to an online resource that signposts projects and initiatives that will help to address these challenges.
Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Glasgow
It is perhaps something of a cliché to highlight the fact that Universities are complex organisations whose success depends on a network of interrelated, interconnected roles and responsibilities: take any element away, diminish the significance of any part, whether within the academic, support or service areas, and the whole suffers.
This document – The Technician Commitment – is not only an important reminder of one such community within the University network, but just as important, stands as a call to recognise the very real contribution our technicians make to the life, success and achievement of our Universities.
Professor Sir David Greenaway, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Nottingham
Our technicians are essential to the success of our institutions. It’s unimaginable that we could deliver research, teaching and knowledge transfer activities without talented, well qualified and motivated technical staff.
Technicians make up almost ten percent of staff at the University of Nottingham with expertise spanning a broad range of disciplines. Our technicians have the practical skills and knowledge to turn research concepts into reality and to contextualise the theory of the lecture theatre for students through practical classes and workshops. They are actively involved in delivering research outputs; many are authors of published research; and they are developing key technical skills our students need for future employment.
Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge
Demand for people across the UK economy with STEM qualifications is increasing, and as science becomes more complex and interconnected, the roles undertaken by scientists and engineers in the future will often require high-level practical and technical skills. Attracting, educating, training and retaining more STEM technicians is therefore vital to the success of the UK economy.
Technicians are particularly vital to the success of the UK’s universities and research institutes. They are a highly skilled workforce with a diverse range of expertise, underpinning the key activities across organisations, and providing the technical expertise essential to supporting research and knowledge transfer.
Alongside this, many technicians are researchers and teachers in their own right. They play an important part in the development of the UK’s future STEM workforce by teaching and developing the technical skills students require to pursue a future career in research, academia and/or industry.
For more information on becoming a signatory please contact: