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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 & Updates

National Technician Commitment Webpages

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

Award Opportunities

THES Awards 2019

For the wide range of categories please see:

There is a category for Outstanding Technician.  The awards open on 11th April 2019.

Institute of Physics Technician Award

The IOP Technician Award enables the community to recognise and celebrate the skills and experience of technicians and their contribution to physics.  The winner receives a prize of £1,000, a trophy and a certificate presented at the IOP annual awards dinner.

For more information please visit the IOP Technician Award webpage


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.

August 2019

April 2019 newsletter

November 2018 newsletter

Contact details

Lynn Neville
Institutional Lead (TCI)

Staff Developer (Professional)
Tel: 01334 462561


For further information on professional development funding for technicians and the application form, visit the Technician Funding page.

Development opportunities for Technicians

Internal - book through PDMS

Passport to Management Excellence

Passport to Research Futures

Public Engagement Portfolio for Professional Staff

External Opportunities

New Scientist Live 2019

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