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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

ENTHUSE Celebration Awards

CPD has an impact - on teachers and technicians, their colleagues, their school or college and their students - and this deserves to be celebrated.

So, whether you've undertaken CPD at our National STEM Learning Centre in York, through our network of Science Learning Partnerships, via our online CPD, or with one of our partners in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - we want to celebrate your commitment to CPD and the impact it has had on you, your students and your school or college.

The ENTHUSE Celebration Awards are free to enter, and raise the profile of dedicated teachers, technicians, schools and colleges across the UK. Project ENTHUSE logo

Applications for the 2019 awards are currently open and will close on 1 April 2019.

Visit ENTHUSE Celebration Awards to download an application form.

The STEM Inspiration Awards

The STEM Inspiration Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate individuals, organisations and clubs working to inspire young people in STEM subjects.

Free to enter, this annual award scheme offers individuals and organisations from across the STEM education sector to shine.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is sponsoring our 2018 STEM Inspiration Awards and sending the winners to the world-renowned CERN in Switzerland!

The winners of the 2018 STEM Inspiration Awards were announced on 1 November at the House of Lords.

For further information visit The STEM Inspiration Awards.


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