Oxford Brookes backs new Technician Commitment
Thursday, 28 September 2017
Today (28 September) Oxford Brookes University has joined other universities and research institutions from across the UK in backing a pledge to support technicians.
The Technician Commitment is a sector-wide initiative led by the Science Council, supported by the Gatsby Foundation to address key challenges facing technical staff working in research.
The commitment was initially launched in May 2017 and signed by 36 founding signatories. Today in London at the New Scientist Live event Belinda Phipps, CEO of the Science Council announced that the number of signatories had reached 60 — representing nearly 50% of UK universities.
Through the Technician Commitment, five target areas have been identified to improve and safeguard vital technical skills. The pledge will ensure greater visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians across all disciplines.
We are pleased to see the Technician Commitment initiative launched today and excited to join other institutions across the UK in supporting and driving it forward.Professor Linda King, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Global Partnerships, Oxford Brookes University
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 protect skills across their organisations by utilising and developing expertise.
Professor Linda King, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Global Partnerships at Oxford Brookes University said: “We are pleased to see the Technician Commitment initiative launched today and excited to join other institutions across the UK in supporting and driving it forward.
“Oxford Brookes has a strong reputation for research excellence and our research couldn’t take place without the expertise and the support of our technicians. But it is not just laboratory technicians and those involved in research, many others technicians support areas across the University from clinical skills technicians to mechanical services, electrical, building and digital technicians, all playing a key role.”
Kelly Vere, Higher Education Engagement Manager, Science Council, said: “Technicians are critical to the success of our universities and research institutes.
“The Technician Commitment is a sector wide, collaborative initiative to ensure elevated status, profile and opportunity for the technical community in higher education and research.
“We are delighted with the pace of engagement from the sector and look forward to working with all signatories and partners to ensure visibility, recognition, development and sustainability of technical skills and expertise”.
For more information about the Technician Commitment visit the website.