Nottingham Trent University is proud to be a signatory of the Technician Commitment. This is a university and research institution initiative, led by a steering group 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 4 key areas:
- Visibility – Ensure that all technicians within the organisation are identifiable and that the contribution of technicians is visible within and beyond the institution
- Recognition – Support technicians to gain recognition through professional registration
- Career development – Enable career progression opportunities for technicians through the provision of clear, documented career pathways
- Sustainability – Ensure that the future sustainability of technical skills across the organisation and that technical expertise is fully utilised
Why is the commitment important?
Our Technicians are a highly skilled workforce with a diverse range of expertise and play a vital role in teaching and research activities. It is important that we continue to recognise this and ensure that our Technicians are visible, their contribution fully recognised and their career and professional development are an area of focus. We know that nationally, the technical workforce is aging and many highly skilled technicians are retiring each year. It is estimated that by 2020 an additional 700,000 technicians will be needed across the UK.
Technicians play a vital and integral role to teaching and research at NTU. We are committed to taking action in the areas most affecting our technical workforce.
The technical community are a key component in the delivery of teaching, research and knowledge transfer and we are committed to ensuring that their contribution is recognised, valued and celebrated. We are dedicated to the continued development of our people and nurturing skills and talent. We have made a very positive start in the delivery of this key initiative and we now have a focus on priorities for the next 24 months and an excellent platform to continue to measure our success and build for the future
Jayne Billam - HR Director and Technician Commitment institutional lead
What has happened to date?
NTU signed the “Technician Commitment” in September 2017.
In signing up to the commitment, we have pledged to take ongoing action around key challenges affecting our technical community and take part in an annual assessment of the impact of actions taken to evaluate our progress.
The University’s Executive Team has endorsed this initiative and the Director of Human Resources is the institutional lead.
A cross-University Technician Steering Group with representation from each technical team has been established to help drive this work.
Membership of the Technician Steering Group is:
- Technician Commitment Nominated Institutional Lead
- Janye Billam, Director of HR
- Technician Steering Group members 2018
- Claire Brown, HR Change Manager
- Adrian Ashmore, Technical Team Leader
- James Baker, Technical Infrastructure Manager
- Rachel Challen, Principal Lecturer
- Sandy Cope, Academic Practice Development Manager
- Mark Cosgrove, Technical Manager
- Jeremy Keeling, School Technical Manager
- Katie Lonsdale, Technician
- Michael Marsden, Dean, School of Art & Design
- Mary O'Neill, Dean, School of Science and Technology
- Cat Sanderson, Technician Team Leader
- Steven Scott, Technical Team Leader
- Philip Young, School Technical Manager
Our 24 month action plan
We have already made progress over the past year in a number of key areas identified with in the action plan. This work will continue of the coming years.