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Launch of the Technician Commitment

Posted on 31/05/2017
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Today, King’s has backed a pledge to support its technicians. The Technician Commitment is a sector-wide initiative led by the Science Council, supported by the Gatsby Foundation to help address key challenges facing technical staff working in research. Over 35 universities and research institutions from across the UK have backed the pledge.

Five target areas have been identified, which universities and institutions will work to improve to safeguard vital technical skills. The commitment will ensure greater visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians across all disciplines.

The commitment was launched today at the Higher Education Technicians Summit (31st May) in Warwick. Following a panel discussion with representatives from the funding, higher education and research communities, a video unveiled the news that dozens of institutions have signed up to become founding signatories.

The commitment comes at a key time as the demand for technicians is increasing. More than 1.5 million technicians currently work in the UK, which is expected to rise by around 70,000 each year. Vice Chancellors and Directors of Research Institutes from leading institutions across the UK have recognised the need to ensure sustainability by safeguarding technical skills across their organisations by utilising and developing expertise. 

Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Provost and Senior Vice President (Health), who signed the pledge on behalf of King’s, said: ‘The technical services staff at King’s play a vital role in delivering the university’s education, research and service ambitions. I am delighted that we are giving our support as a founding signatory to this valuable national initiative which recognises the significant and diverse contributions of technicians in higher education and beyond. It comes at an opportune time, as our internal Technical Services Network gains momentum, enabling improved connectivity, communication and career development opportunities for this key group of staff.’

Belinda Phipps, CEO of the Science Council, said: ‘The Science Council has been working to increase the visibility and professional recognition of technicians and to improve their development opportunities at all career stages. We are delighted to be leading on the Technician Commitment and to be working with partners across the higher education and research sector to elevate the status and profile of technicians. By working collectively we can ensure the future prosperity of technical skills in higher education and research.’

Nigel Thomas, Executive Director, Gatsby Education, said: ‘We at Gatsby recognise the importance of technicians across industry, and are pleased to be supporting the implementation of the Technician Commitment. The number of founding signatories shows how valued technicians are to the research community, and we hope that the commitment will reassure technicians that their needs are being listened to by senior leaders.’

In addition to the Technician Commitment, a Twitter campaign was launched at the Summit to increase the visibility of UK technicians. #ActualLivingTechnician invites technical staff to share their work on social media through pictures and stories. 

To find out more about the Technician Commitment, visit www.technicians.org.uk/techniciancommitment 

For further information please contact the Public Relations Department at King’s College London on 0207 848 3202 or pr@kcl.ac.uk

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