Overview of the Technician Commitment
In May 2017 the University of Warwick, along with over 30 other UK universities, backed a pledge to support technicians. The Technician Commitment is a sector-wide initiative led by the Science Council and the Gatsby Foundation, aimed at addressing key challenges facing technical staff.
The commitment identifies four target areas, which we have committed to in order to safeguard vital technical skills. The commitment will ensure greater visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians across all disciplines.
Our 24 month action plan
To ensure impactful progress is made across all the themes outlined above the Technician Commitment Steering Group, led by Professor Stephen Jarvis Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Research), has submitted an action plan on what will be achieved in the next 24 months. This plan has been signed by Professor Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor & President of University of Warwick.
Of the 10 actions, some will be implemented immediately, and the impact monitored periodically. Other actions will require significant work and consultation with our technical community, so we ask for your patience. We believe the improvements these bring will be worth the wait. Throughout the 24-month period we will keep you informed of the progress made, both on this website and at regular campus-wide events. Feedback during this process will be appreciated, either through the web form here or at events.
The 10 actions are:
Action (1): Increase visibility of technicians through regular campus-wide events.
Action (2): Ensure effective delivery of Warwick’s Technician Commitment by the Technicians Steering Committee, which is to be chaired by a Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor.
Action (3): Provide a usable, informative and up-to-date online forum for the technician community at Warwick (www.warwick.ac.uk/research/technicians/).
Action (4): Design, build and test an on-line skills directory, to enable increased inter-departmental technician collaboration and mentorship.
Action (5): Continue to promote Fair Attribution across campus, with regard to the acknowledgement of technicians on research outputs and grants.
Action (6): Continue to support technicians in gaining recognition through professional registration.
Action (7): Recognition of technicians through nomination for internal and external prizes.
Action (8): Develop Technician Job Family Profiles, to provide a framework which is transparent, fair and enables clear equality of opportunity for development and progression, through to Professorial-grade equivalent.
Action (9): Establish work shadowing and secondment opportunities both within Warwick and across Midland’s institutions.
Action (10): Invest in, and grow the number of staff on, degree apprenticeship programmes at Warwick.