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Technician Commitment site now live

Feb 11, 2019

We are delighted to share that we've just launched a new hub on our website dedicated to the Technician Commitment, a sector-wide initiative led by the Science Council and supported by the Gatsby 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. 

There are over 150 technicians working at Salford currently - they come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and bring unique experience which makes them a vital part of the University’s team. Through joining the Technician Commitment, we will ensure that all technicians are visible, and that their contribution is recognised. 

Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Marshall said: “Technicians are a highly valuable part of our University. That’s why we’ve joined the Technician Commitment – ensuring that the hundreds of highly-skilled technicians at Salford get the recognition they deserve, and that we remain at the forefront of change, industry and innovation.”

Professor Sheila Pankhurst, Dean of School of Environment and Life Sciences and academic lead for the Technician Commitment, said: “Technicians at Salford are vital to everything we do: supporting teaching, demonstrating, researching, fixing, creating, and solving problems to enable students to get the most out of their university experience.

“They are specialists in their field, whether that’s Biomedical Sciences, Media Production, Acoustics or Information Technology. The Technician Commitment gives us the opportunity to speak up for our brilliant technicians, to show the amazing impact they have and recognise and applaud their contribution.”

Mark Wantling, Associate Director Digital Strategy and institutional lead for the Technician Commitment, said: “Our Technicians are integral to the success of the University, underpinning key activities and helping our students develop the technical skills they need for future employment.

“We need to sustain technical skills right across the organisation, and across industries, drive the professionalisation of technical roles, and inspire the next generation to consider technical careers. The Technicians Commitment gives us a framework to drive positive change for our technicians and show how much they are valued.”

You can visit our Technician Commitment site here: https://www.salford.ac.uk/technicians-commitment

You can follow the conversation online by using the hashtags #techniciansmakeithappen and #UoStechnicians