As you are aware, the University signed up to the Technician Commitment in May 2017 and our 2 year action plan was approved in June 2018. Over the past year a lot of work has been going on towards our action plan and we are now preparing to implement some of the actions as we end this two year period.
We will shortly be formulating an action plan for the next three years and we need your help with this. The Technician Commitment can make a difference and we want you to tell us what matters to you and help shape your future.
We would like to put together a group of 8-10 Technician Commitment Champions to work with us. It is important that all grades and disciplines are represented in this group. We see your role as coming up with ideas for us to work on, communicating the work that is going on with your colleagues and encouraging them to engage with the process. The Technician Commitment will only be successful if Technicians support it.
STEMM-CHANGE is an EPSRC-funded project driving a positive change in culture and practices in equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) across Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).
The project takes a team science approach and is unique in that it acknowledges the diversity of the roles of staff that contribute to the research effort. Technicians make vital contributions to universities and research institutes. Their expertise enables teaching, research, knowledge exchange and outreach activities. STEMM-CHANGE is highlighting the equality, diversity and inclusion challenges facing technicians and designing and testing ways to address these challenges in order to advance EDI for all. In 2019, STEMM-CHANGE piloted a number of placements and we would now like to extend the opportunity to technical colleagues across the consortium.
On Thursday 13th February 2020 at 12.00pm, we will hold an- Our Technicians Commitment – Update for 2020 event, with lunch provided. This event will take place in the Oculus Building in room OC0.04 with lunch just outside. The session will cover many aspects of the commitment and by the end of this session, we hope you will have a better understanding of Warwick’s Technician Commitment and the timescales at which individual elements will be implemented. It will also provide an opportunity for feedback and ask any questions, in addition to networking with technical staff from across campus.