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The Technician's commitment Steering group is working in collaboration with other universities to implement the STEMM-CHANGE: The Changemaker Placement Programme.

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.

STEMM-CHANGE has developed an innovative and bespoke Changemaker Placement Programme built specifically for technical colleagues from underrepresented and minority groups. The project will offer up to 30 placements each of 1-5 days in length over a period of months (on a flexible basis) to technicians from across the consortium to enable them to shadow senior colleagues. Representative activities include observing colleagues in leadership positions, learning new skills, (both technical and transferable) and exposure to discussions on careers and opportunities in order to broaden horizons and demonstrate achievable career paths. Technical colleagues may shadow and link with other technical staff or those from other career paths in senior leadership positions from our project partners within higher education, industry and beyond.

In 2019, STEMM-CHANGE piloted a number of placements and we would now like to extend the opportunity to technical colleagues across the consortium. Applications are welcomed from technical colleagues at any level and discipline and who are from an underrepresented and/or minority group. The project aims to create opportunities for all minority groups highlighted in the Equality Act 2010 and see a particular need to create spaces for the following consistently underrepresented groups within technical management and leadership teams:

  • Female colleagues
  • Disabled colleagues
  • Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) colleagues
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT+)Colleagues

Applications are now open for the scheme. Further details are available in the Changemaker Placement Programme Brochure and you can apply via the application form here. Applications should be returned to the STEMM-CHANGE team by 5pm on 2 March 2020.