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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

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

Funding Competition Event: innovation and commercialisation

Date: Tue 5th November 2019
Time: 14.00 to 16.30
Careers Centre Information Room

Come along to this short event to hear from Dr Claudia Cavalluzzo, Director of Converge and Dr Lissa Herron, Enterprise Outreach Manager, and learn more about this exciting competition.  Receive 1:1 advice regarding your ideas.

Learn more about Converge


14:00-15:00 Presentation from Dr Claudia Cavalluzzo and Dr Lissa Herron

15:00-16:30  One to one advice session for those who would like to take part

All levels of interest welcome!

If you already have a business plan, feel free to bring this along
If your idea isn't crystallised yet and you're in the early stages, that's fine too
Please bring along a notepad or laptop to take notes

Applications are now open for KickStart Challenge, an entrepreneurial programme delivered by Converge, the leading entrepreneurial development programme for staff, students and recent graduates of Scottish Universities and Research Institutes.

From spin outs to start-ups, Converge helps the most innovative and creative thinkers from academia to realise their entrepreneurial ambitions by offering a money-can’t buy business training programme tailored to academic entrepreneurs; cash prizes; mentoring and a programme of business support that turns fledgling businesses into investor-ready companies.

The KickStart Challenge is aimed at projects embarking on the first steps of the commercialisation journey and is designed to help you establish commercial viability. It will also prepare you to enter the more advanced Converge programmes.


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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