Technician Commitment

The Technician Commitment is a university and research institution initiative, led by a steering group of sector bodies, with support from the Science Council and the Gatsby Charitable 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. Universities and research institutes are invited to become signatories of the Technician Commitment and pledge action against the key challenges affecting their technical staff.

The commitment includes 5 key areas:

Ensure that all technicians within the organisation are identifiable and that the contribution of technicians is visible within and beyond the institution

Support technicians to gain recognition through professional registration.


Enable career progression opportunities for technicians through the provision of clear, documented career pathways

Ensure the future sustainability of technical skills across the organisation and that technical expertise is fully utilised

Regularly assess the impact of actions taken in support of the commitment to ensure their effectiveness