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.

At Nottingham we have been working to ensure increased visibility and recognition of our 700+ technicians through a number of initiatives. We have created opportunities for early career talent through trainee technician programmes, and invested in accredited teacher training to ensure development opportunities for those in student-facing roles. Technicians can gain professional registration through the Engineering Council and Science Council through which we have also achieved Employer Champion status – a mark of our dedication to the quality and practice of science through the professional development of our STEM technicians.

In 2015 we hosted the inaugural Higher Education Technicians Summit, in association with the Midlands Innovation consortium, which attracted more than 450 delegates from over 40 organisations. We are delighted our Midlands Innovation partner, the University of Warwick, is hosting the event in 2017. Nottingham’s technicians are also profiled in two national campaigns: the Department of Work and Pensions’ #NotJustForBoys; and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s #TechniciansMakeItHappen.

We are proud to be a founding signatory of the Technician Commitment and look forward to working with colleagues across the sector to build on our progress and ensure the future sustainability of the technician community in the UK and beyond.