Following on from the Window on Warwick event and the feedback received, we are pleased to announce that a set of focus groups have been organised for technicians to engage in and provide feedback on the commitment. The focus groups have been arranged under the four headings of Recognition, Sustainability, Visability and Career Development. In order to attend any of the groups, you will need to register your interest on the Technet website and then an invite will be sent to you.
Nominations are now open for Papin Prizes to recognise technical excellence in higher education and research. The closing date for the Papin Prizes is the 20th February 2019. The awards are being made at the Higher Education Technicians Summit (HETS, 2019) which is being held at The University of Birmingham on 25th June 2019. Registration for the event is free and now open, for more information and to register for HETS 2019, please visit:
A new placement programme has launched for university technicians to enable them to exchange skills, share experience and best practice.
The Technical Skills Placement Programme is being introduced by Midlands Innovation to support technical staff working across institutions in the region. Midlands Innovation represents eight universities in the region, in which over 2100 technicians are employed, providing a diverse range of technical expertise.
Technicians play a vital role in universities. The work that they do, usually unseen, enables teaching, research, knowledge exchange and outreach activities to take place. The Technical Skills Placement Programme will provide technicians with an opportunity to work with technicians at other universities on a short placement, in order to develop their skills and make new contacts that can provide support and advice to help them in their future technical careers.
The Technical Skills Placement Programme is open to any technician, of any grade from across the eight member universities and funding covers travel, sustenance and accommodation. Applications are welcome directly from technicians, or from managers who would like their staff members to learn or experience a particular technique or skill. You must apply by 20th February 2019.
For further information regarding this new intiative and application form, please use the following link to the Midlands innovation website: