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.
TCI Action Plan - Updated November 2019 (Excel, 18 KB)
- TCI Action Plan - Updated April 2019 (Excel, 17 KB)
- TCI Action Plan (Excel, 14 KB)
- Technician Commitment Submission Feedback (PDF, 267 KB)
For further information and resources please visit the Technician Commitment webpages.
Honorary Fellowships for Technicians
As part of their aim to raise the professional status of technicians, and to recognise and celebrate their contribution to physics, the IOP are encouraging nominations for Honorary Fellowship for outstanding technicians.
An Honorary Fellowship is the highest accolade presented by the Institute of Physics to reflect an individual’s exceptional services to physics. Find out more from the Institute of Physics (IO). We're sure you'll agree that this is a fantastic development for the technical community.
The Royal Society of Chemistry Higher Education Technical Excellence Award & Technician Skills Development Grant
Higher Education Technical Excellence Award
The Royal Society of Chemistry's Higher Education Technical Excellence Award closes for nominations on January 15th. This award recognises individuals or teams demonstrating exceptional contributions to technical support within the HE sector.
Further details on how to make a nomination can be found on The Royal Society of Chemistry.
Technician Skills Development Grant
The Royal Society of Chemistry's Technician Skills Development Grant supports technicians to undertake short to mid-term visits to organisations overseas or within their current country of residence, with the aim of developing skills to support their career progression. Grants of up to £7000 are available.
For more information see The Royal Society of Chemistry.
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.
The following are a list of useful links and resources:
- CPD activities (HEaTED)
- CAPOD Funding available