HEaTED Scotland Regional Network Meeting – University of Stirling 21st Jan 2019 12:00 – 16:00

The HEaTED regional network provides a forum for discussion and communication between technicians, technical managers and staff developers. It promotes training events, the sharing of knowledge, skills and best practice amongst technical staff and increased awareness of the opportunities and facilities provided by HEaTED and member institutions.

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12.00 – Registration, lunch and networking

12.50 – Welcome to Stirling University, James Dick/Lorna Prince

13.00 – Welcome and Icebreaker – Val Gordon, HEaTED’s Scotland Regional Network Coordinator
13.20 – The Technician Commitment Initiative (TCI):  What has HEaTED done to support TCI signatory members so far? Suhel Miah, HEaTED Programme Manager

13.30 – Breakout Session 1: TCI action plans and implementation

Where are the similarities and the differences? How will it be implemented? Who is leading efforts and how in your organisation? Who do you need in the working group to make things happen?

14.30 – Break and refreshment

14.45 – Break out Session 2: How can HEaTED help implement our TCI plans?

15.30 – Looking ahead at the next Scotland RNM

15.45 – Evaluation

15.50 – Final Summary

16.00 – End


The outcomes of this event are to:

  • Identify and develop an action plan for personal/team CPD needs 
  • Make productive connections through networking in the region  
  • Share ideas and seize opportunities to develop technical services 
  • Discover training and development events for the technical workforce

Animal Technologist Month

Technologist month is aimed at celebrating the hard work that technologists carry out on a day to day basis within research facilities. It will be held over the Month of March 2019 in the lead up to IAT congress. We would like establishments to participate by holding events of some description at their establishments to celebrate the technologists working there. We would like to reach out to all establishment holders in order to promote this event and get them on board by participating. Please see the attached letter describing in more detail what we are trying to achieve.

HEaTED course at the University of Edinburgh

Teaching and Learning for technical staff  29th & 30th October

Technical staff are increasingly taking on teaching and demonstrating roles. 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.

Project planning for technical staff  31st October

This workshop is aimed at technicians involved in running small to medium sized projects in the workplace who have had little or no project management training. The workshop will focus on planning as the foundation for successful project management and participants will take away an accessible, flexible and scalable…

Technician Commitment Initiative Launch

Technicians Commitment
With the University’s increased focus on research and teaching quality, coupled with our determination to increase our graduate employability, the role of technicians has never been more important.

In recognition of this, earlier this academic year the University signed up to the Technician Commitment Initiative, a UK university and research institution initiative. In signing the Commitment, the University has pledged to take action against the key challenges that are faced by technicians across the UK, and specifically within the higher education sector.  Read more here.

Technicians Forum event

In order to build an active community of University technicians, and to hear your views on what the next steps should be, we would like to invite you to attend a dedicated Technicians Forum event  on Tuesday 28 August, from 9.30am – 1.30pm.

To attend the event please, complete the short online form.

If you are unable to attend this and have any comments or suggestions please email technicianscommitment@stir.ac.uk.


HEaTED professional development June 2018

There’s still got time to book onto our CPD this summer. You’re also never too early to start planning for Autumn. Be one step ahead and take a look at our upcoming CPD. Have you also seen our new on demand CPD? Professional development that is delivered where and when suits you and your needs.



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.