HEaTED professional development June 2018

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Teaching and learning skills for technical staff



Organisational change management for technician teams


Technician Commitment

The Commitment aims to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research, across all disciplines. To date, 61 universities and research institutions have become signatories of the Technician Commitment and pledged action against the key challenges affecting their technical staff.

In April, the third wave of signatories will be announced, so watch this space. For more information about the commitment, or involvement, please email: K.vere@sciencecouncil.org or follow @techscommit on Twitter.

Competency Assessment Toolkit for Technical Staff – CATTS

Dear HEaTED Member,

HEaTED has received many requests for help with organisational and individual performance assessment. In response to this and a wider UK need, we have developed HEaTED’s Competency Assessment Toolkit for Technical Staff – CATTS.

CATTS provides a benchmarking tool for all professionals (regardless of specialism or discipline) of their current competencies, development areas, and future direction.

We are delighted to inform you that the CATTS is now available for our member institutions to purchase! Click here to be taken to the booking form.

HEaTED Newsletter 4th Sept 2014


Dear Member,

New Course: Safe Lifting & Slinging Procedures / Pendant Crane
A new course from Lloyds British Training Services Ltd has been added to the HEaTED course directory. The course aims to teach the operators to safely sling loads and to use the Pendant Controlled Crane.

S-Lab Conference
HEaTED presented three briefing sessions at the S-Lab Conference in London on the 2nd and 3rd September. The Conference theme was ‘Good Practice and Great Networking to Inform and Inspire’ and the HEaTED session focused on supporting your technical staff on their diverse technical journeys. We will share the full conference report via the news page of the HEaTED website as soon as it becomes available.

If you would like HEaTED to provide briefings or interactive workshop sessions at your up and coming conference or technical staff away days please get in touch.

HEaTED Regional Networks

Find details of your nearest Regional Network, the Coordinator, and dates for the next meetings here. Members should also register on the HEaTED Online Communities where you will find all Regional Network Event reports, and discussions with other technical staff in your local region.

Creative / Media / IT

Introduction to Final Cut Pro X

HC118K08, Manchester, 24-26 September 2014. This three-day, hands-on course teaches students to perform basic editing functions while becoming familiar with the user interface. Read More 

Cold Casting and Model Making for Life Sciences

This course enables candidates to manufacture models or components out of various materials. University of St Andrews. One-to-one and small group training available. Read More 

Science / Engineering

An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Molecular Biology

Book your place now! HC128B01. Durham University, 22-26 September 2014. The aim of this course is to give delegates a thorough basic knowledge of the fundamentals of molecular biology, and to illustrate how this knowledge is used to study biological systems. Read More 

Introduction to Microtomy

HC430D01, University of Lincoln, 15 January 2015. This course provides participants with hands on skills and experience in microtomy techniques utilising formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissue. Read More 

Health / Safety

Noise in the workplace training workshop

HC379, UK Wide On Demand course. This course is aimed at providing a straight forward overview of Regulations associated with noise in the workplace, how to carry out effective noise risk assessments and implement effective management control measures. Read More

Risk Assessment Workshop: Non-science related environment

HC383C01, University of Leeds, 10 November 2014. Read More 


Personal Development

Leadership and Management Skills for Technical Staff (Modules 1 and 2)

National Science Learning Centre, York. 22-23 October 2014. This programme has been designed to cover six key topics, split into two modules, linking theories of leadership and management together with workplace experiences thereby providing a more holistic approach to learning. Read More 

Teaching and Learning Skills for Technical Staff (Modules 1 & 2)

University of Hertfordshire, 25-26 September 2014. Whether it is one-to-one training on specific techniques, or small group training and demonstrating, this course will equip you with the tools you need to perform this role and contribute more effectively to the student experience. Read More 


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Do Technicians Teach?

Do technicians teach? by Jasmine Hinton

A new survey says they do, but that they receive little to no support from their educational institution.

A new survey* of higher education (HE) technicians in the UK has revealed that while 90 per cent feel that they contribute to the teaching process, less than 27 per cent felt they have received any support from their institution to prepare them for that role.

There are currently 20,680 technicians working in universities across England and an estimated 30,000 in the UK**.

These new findings highlight a stark gap between the expectations that institutions place on technicians and how technicians are actually professionally trained and developed. They will also leave many higher education students wondering if their technicians are being properly supported and trained for undertaking this role.

The results of the survey were compiled by HEaTED, a membership organisation dedicated to supporting the professional development of technical staff from all disciplines and specialisms in higher education.

In the Times Higher Education Student Experience Study 2014, 29 of the top 50 highest ranked universities were HEaTED members, demonstrating the link between professional support for technicians and the quality of the workplace. Nationally, only half of HE institutions are currently members of the organisation, missing out on the valuable training and support network HEaTED provides***.

“The HEaTED programme can make universities a better workplace for technical staff,” explains Dr Rachel Crossley, the Head of Programme at HEaTED which provides a national training programme and regional network where technicians can access best-in-class training.

“Since September 2012, HEaTED has provided training in Teaching and Learning Skills to over 200 technical staff through a dedicated programme developed to meet the precise training gap identified by this survey.

“Technical staff are a hugely valuable contributor to the student experience and their role in teaching should be both supported and recognised.

“As experts in our field, HEaTED’s vision is to support HE technicians in their professional development, improve the quality of the technical workforce, and ensure a long-term supply of high quality HE technical skills. However, at the moment, technicians are not getting the backing and support that they need from the institutions which employ them.

“As a workforce, technicians face an aging profile and a recognised skills shortage – about half of the technicians in chemistry, engineering and physics departments are due to retire within the next 15 years. Recently the UK Commission for Employment and Skills highlighted that by 2020 the UK will need an extra 450,000 individuals trained to technician level****.

“HEaTED is addressing this future shortfall by supporting a new generation of technicians with professional development opportunities and the provision of national and regional Networks. As more universities and HE institutions join HEaTED and invest in the future of their technicians and technical support staff, we can ensure that a potential career as a technician is that much more appealing.

“That change will not only benefit technicians but the UK’s quality of teaching in higher education as a whole.”

For more information about HEaTED membership click here. To browse over 1,000 professional training and development courses in the HEaTED directory, click here.

*Over 2,634 HEaTED members were issued the survey with 104 providing responses

** According to Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), there are 20,680 technicians working across universities in England. HEaTED estimate 30,000 for the UK as a whole.

***According to HEFCE, there are currently 130 higher education institutions. Seventy are currently members of HEaTED.

****In 2011, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills showed that by 2020 the UK will need an extra 450,000 individuals trained to technician level.

Scotland Regional Network Event

Dear HEaTED Member,

We would like to invite you to the next HEaTED Scotland Regional Network Event on 8 May 2014 at the University of Strathclyde.

The event is only one month away so if you have not already booked your free place and would like to join us please click here to reach the booking page where you will also find the full agenda for the day and directions to the venue.

Our Regional Network Events are FREE to attend. They are open to technical staff at all levels: from front-line to senior management, and present a prime opportunity for Staff Development/HR colleagues to network with this key workforce.

Please book your free place as soon as possible as places are limited and bookings will be accepted on a first-come-first serve basis.

We look forward to seeing you at the next HEaTED Regional Network Event.

We would also be grateful if you could forward these details to any colleagues who may be interested.

Yours sincerely,

The HEaTED Team
Follow us on Twitter @heatedtechs
Website: www.heated.ac.uk

P.S. Make sure you have updated your membership profile on the HEaTED website,  this will ensure you are sent all the latest  information relevant to your role.