Today we have become a formal supporter of the Technician Commitment. The initiative aims to make sure there is visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research.
Many of our 140 members have already signed the commitment individually, underlining the sector’s efforts to enhance and promote technical skills while supporting staff development.
Commenting, Professor Paul Boyle, Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University and Chair of the Universities UK Research and Innovation Policy Network said:
Technicians and their skills are crucial to the success of the UK’s research and teaching activities and its right that their contributions are recognised. The Technician Commitment gives universities both a platform and the tools to do so.
“As the UK government’s Research and Development People and Culture Strategy recognises, the ability of universities to attract, retain and grow a skilled and diverse workforce is vital. We must acknowledge and support the role of every member of staff in making research and development successful, and technicians are a key part of that success.
Kelly Vere, Programme Director of the Technician Commitment said:
We are delighted to welcome Universities UK as a formal supporter of the Technician Commitment. Technical skills, roles and careers are vital to higher education and we’re pleased to be working with UUK, and many of their members, to ensure status and opportunity for this vital workforce.