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Technician Commitment

I want to state unequivocally how much the University values the work of technicians. A world-leading university is dependent upon world-leading technicians and this is what we have at St Andrews. I know your work is demanding and can be carried out in isolation and without the laurels that an academic career sometimes offers; it is valued by us all and as we look forward initiatives like the Action Plan are part of making sure that this value is recognised and made visible.

Professor Sally Mapstone
Principal & Vice-Chancellor

The University of St Andrews is a signatory of the Technician Commitment.  This is a university and research institution initiative, led by a steering group of sector bodies, with support from the Science Council and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Technicians Make It Happen campaign. ‌

The Commitment aims to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research, across all disciplines. Signatories of the Technician Commitment pledge action against the key challenges affecting their technical staff. ‌ The St Andrews action plan can be viewed using the link below.

Our Action Plan

TCI Action Plan (Excel, 14 KB)

National Technician Commitment Webpages

For further information and resources please visit the Technician Commitment webpages.

Award Opportunities

Higher Education Bioscience Technician of the Year Award 

This award has been developed jointly by the Royal Society of Biology and the University Bioscience Managers Association (UBMA) and is open to all Technical Staff working in Higher Education  in the UK and Ireland.  

The Higher Education Bioscience Technician of the Year Award seeks to recognise the superb work of technical staff working at any level within Higher Education, which underpins bioscience research and teaching  in Universities and Institutes of Higher Education across the UK and Ireland.

The award recognises technical staff who are;

  •  Applying their professional technical knowledge and expertise in the education sector,

  •  Acquiring and effectively applying personal/professional development,

  •  Making a positive impact and inspiring others,

  •  Demonstrating leadership & collaboration,

  •  Delivering innovation and efficiency.


Applying for the award is really easy and simple, just complete the HE Technician of the Year 2019 Application form (Word, 105 KB) and let us know some basic details about yourself and your career. You can either nominate yourself or get someone in your Department/School to nominate you.

We then just need Institutional sign off and this can be by electronic signature to ensure that the information is accurate and correct.

Applications should be submitted by noon on the Friday 11th January 2019,  shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit an up to date CV.


The Higher Education Bioscience Technician of the Year 2019  will receive;

  • A cash prize of £400.00 to spend as they wish,

  • One year’s membership of the Royal Society of Biology at the appropriate grade,

  • One year’s free Registered Science Technician registration from the Institute of Science & Technology (IST),

  • An invitation to attend the 2019 UMBA annual conference and award ceremony  which is being held on the 1st -3rd May 2019 at Coventry University.

The runner up will receive the same registrations and recognition together with a £200.00 monetary prize.


Higher Education and Technician's Educational Development (HEaTED) is the UK's leading provider of professional development and networking opportunities for all disciplines of the technical workforce.

For more infomration please visit the HEaTED webpages.

Useful resources

The following are a list of useful links and resources:

Technicians Make It Happen newsletter

The following is an archive of the 'Technicians Make It Happen' newsletter, the latest edition is at the top of the list.

November 2018 newsletter

Contact details

Lynn Neville
Institutional Lead (TCI)

Staff Developer (Professional)
Tel: 01334 462561

Development opportunities for Technicians


Opportunities will be listed here when available.

I'm a Scientist/Engineer, Get me out of here! 4-15 March 2019