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Are you passionate about speaking about science and bringing ideas to life for young people? In that case, you should apply for November’s edition of I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here!
The popular competition is looking for technical staff in science to join the X-Factor style online competition that asks participants to answer the questions of curious school students. The lucky winner will be awarded £500 to spend on further public engagement.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up and take part – good luck!
Applications are open all year round – The next event is 11–22 November 2019
The IOP Technician Award enables the community to recognise and celebrate the skills and experience of technicians and their contribution to physics.
With the aim of raising the professional status of technicians, the IOP Technician Award highlights the diverse role of technicians in education, research and industry.
The winner receives a prize of £1,000, a trophy and a certificate presented at the IOP annual awards dinner.
Eligible technicians will work in a diverse range of organisations across the UK and Ireland – schools, colleges, universities, research institutions, NHS, defence or industry. They may, for example, plan and prepare teaching experiments, build and maintain infrastructure and laboratory equipment and software to support research and innovation, or install manufacturing systems or process control instrumentation.
- the nominee(s) must be an individual or team employed by an organisation in the UK or Ireland either part- or full-time, on a fixed term or permanent basis for at least one year
- nominees, nominators and referees do not need to be members of the IOP
- nominees, nominators and referees cannot be members of the IOP Council
- nominators and referees may be working in the same organisation as the nominee(s)
- an individual or team cannot be rewarded twice for substantially the same body of work
- an individual must have a sustainable track record as this is not an early career award.
This years Higher Education Technicians Summit (HETS) will be held at the University of Birmingham on 25th June and is free to attend. The first keynote speaker will be Professor Alice Roberts.
HETS 2019 will explore the broader issues around technical skills and education including the importance of technical skills in driving forward innovation.
Read the full report on the progress of the Technician Commitment Initiative after the first full year. http://www.gatsby.org.uk/uploads/education/technician-commitment-one-year-in.pdf
a reminder of the amazing opportunity to be a part of ‘I’m a
Scientist/Engineer, Get me out of here!’ The team are looking for
technicians who work in fields related to physics, biomedicine,
psychology, space and energy. Competitors of the X-Factor style online
competition must answer the questions of curious school students. The
lucky winner will be awarded £500 to spend on further public
With the next event running 4–15 March 2019 which is British Science Week, applications are currently open. So, what are you waiting for? Click one of the links below to apply:
Find out more: I’m a Scientist
Find out more: I’m an Engineer
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.
Book your place here
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
– The Technician Commitment Initiative (TCI): What has HEaTED done to
support TCI signatory members so far? Suhel Miah, HEaTED Programme
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
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.
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…