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The workshops taking place at 11.15 - 12.15 (AM session) and 13.45 - 14.45 (PM session) are listed below. Please note, some sessions will run twice in the day, others only once. Please use the links below to book a place on the workshops you wish to attend.

Workshop title and facilitators Workshop Details Link to AM session Link to PM session

Research culture: visions of 2035

Andrew Crawford - Royal Society

Imagine that you are a member of the UK research community in 2035: what does your ‘idealised’ research culture look like? How does it support a vibrant and diverse workforce? And how does it maintain and improve research excellence? Discuss these and other issues at this Royal Society run workshop. This event is one of a series taking place across the UK throughout 2017, the outputs of which will be used to develop a vision of what future research culture could look like. 11.15 - 12.30 Registration Link  -

Recognising Technicians Supporting Learning

Catherine Hack - Higher
Education Academy

This workshop, delivered by the Academic lead for STEM from the Higher Education Academy (HEA), is designed to support technicians gain recognition for the contribution they make to teaching and supporting learning. During this session, participants will have the opportunity to explore how their contribution to learning and teaching can be recognised nationally through HEA Fellowship, and develop an outline for an application for HEA Recognition. 11.15 - 12.15 Registration Link 13.45 - 14.45 Registration Link

Professional Registration

Agne Sniukstaite - Science Council

If you want to start your application for professional registration, or you’ve started and you need a bit of advice or inspiration, this is the workshop for you. Agne from the Science Council will explain how the online application process works, help you understand key decisions you need to make during your application and introduce the competence report. If you have a smartphone or tablet, bring it along so you can start or work on your application during the workshop. 11.15 - 12.15 Registration Link 13.45 - 14.45 Registration Link

Technicians as Researchers: A BBSRC Approach

Michael Ball and Rob
Hardwick - BBSRC


Towards the end of 2015 that BBSRC circulated a survey requesting views on careers and skills from staff that we referred to as 'non-faculty researchers' – see the letter in Nature. This group included technical staff, researchers operating instruments, facility managers, statisticians, bioinformaticians, technology developers and many others. We used the term 'non-faculty researchers' as there didn't appear to us to be a single job title or defining term to use, and the survey confirmed this, with a plethora of job titles returned. We followed this survey with a workshop with a group of non-faculty researchers and are developing an action plan.

This survey began a piece of work into looking at the way that BBSRC approaches support for non-faculty researchers, including technicians, and how we can support them through the research process. We will discuss the report that arose from the workshop, our future strategies in this area and the upcoming action plan, and welcome comments and discussion from the workshop participants.

11.15 - 12.15 Registration Link 13.45 - 14.45 Registration Link

Proactively manage your personal development for career benefit

Katherine Forsey - HEATED

HEaTED will present an update on changes in the HE sector, new initiatives and policy relating to technical staff and how you can be ready for the challenges and opportunities they present. The interactive workshop will cover:

- The career and other benefits of proactively managing personal development

- Common barriers to development and how to overcome them

- How the HEaTED programme can support the development of all technical staff

Through small group discussion and feedback, participants will contribute to the creation of a practical guide to accessing CPD, identify any gaps in current provision and how these may be addressed, and have started an action plan for their own development. We will also signpost the opportunities available through HEaTED.

- 13.45 - 14.45 Registration Link

Apprentice Technicians: The challenges we face to develop multi-disciplinary technical staff.

Paul Johnson, Yue Guo – WMG, University of Warwick

This workshop will look at the challenges and opportunities that arise from the need to recruit and develop young people in a multi-disciplinary higher education setting. 11.15 - 12.15 Registration Link 13.45 - 14.45 Registration Link

Centralised facilities/platforms: Challenges and opportunities in equipment sharing

David Walker - University of Warwick, Karen Alvey – University of Nottingham

This workshop will look at the challenges and opportunities that arise when centralising research instrumentation, explore the tools available and capability required for enabling efficient management and discuss how research output can be balanced against sustainability. 11.15 - 12.15 Registration Link 13.45 - 14.45 Registration Link

A Viewpoint from Australia: Technology Platform Integration,
Accreditation and Engagement with Industry.

Ian Smith and James Whisstock, Monash University, Australia

Ian Smith and James Whisstock will discuss approaches for the development and long term support of state of the art research technology platforms. The workshop will discuss building and staffing such facilities from the ground up, reviewing performance, quality management
systems (ISO), ensuring continued relevance to scientific priorities and strategic refocusing of platform resources in response to disruptive or new technology areas.
11.15 - 12.15 Registration Link 13.45 - 14.45 Registration Link

Embedding Sustainable Career Pathways: The HEI Technical Resources

Terry Croft - University of Sheffield

The National Centre for Professional Technicians in HE has been leading work to promote professional technicians. The centre’s Technical Development and Modernisation team have produced the HEI Technical Resources Toolkit for employers and the technical community. This workshop will cover the toolkit’s background and demonstrate how it will help create a sustainable future for technical staff and services. - 13.45 - 14.45 Registration Link

Enabling High Quality HE Technical Apprenticeships

Chris Turgoose - University of Sheffield

The HE Technical Sector is facing critical skill shortages and challenges resulting from a failure to develop existing staff. Addressing this will require strategic development of existing staff and bringing in new talent through apprenticeships. This workshop will look at the Technical Development and Modernisation team’s upcoming How-To Guide on Technical Apprenticeships in HE. Participants will have the opportunity to see this guidance and take part in a practical activity designed to support the implementation locally within your HEI. 11.15 - 12.15 Registration Link -