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Lancaster University Technician Website

Our University has signed up to the Technician Commitment which is a university and research institution initiative, led by a steering group of sector bodies, with support from the Science Council and the Technicians Make It Happen campaign.

Technicians Commitment Action Plan, action plan for the next 3 years. We are currently halfway through year 1. It details what the steering group have planned and the progress from the University.

Technicians At Lancaster University

There are 121 technician's at Lancaster University, with a wide variety in their roles it is not uncommon to have technical staff in each department. This pie chart shows the departments in which our technician's work.

2.8% Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
12.2% Faculty of Health and Medicine
70.1% Faculty of Science and Technology
0.9% Facilities
14% Information Systems Services

Covid-19 Technician Heroes

Well done to all our staff helping towards the fight against Covid-19 and in particular to our technicians working around the clock.

BLS Thankyou

In partnership with NHS colleagues at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, BLS technicians have been instrumental in setting up and running a diagnostic laboratory located in the department. It is now fully operational 7 days a week providing rapid results for local hospital admissions and staff in the Morecambe Bay Trust area. Read more here

 

 

ISS Technicians Thankyou

Thank you to our ISS Technicians for making the transition to working at home so easy. 

 

Engineering Thankyou

The engineering team working on designing, producing and managing supply of the parts and materials, includes mainly technical staff Tom Abram, Nick Renninson and Andy Baker.

The team have manufactured around 8000 curtain hooks and around 1500 Visors and these have been distributed to local areas.

To read more click here.

Chemistry Thankyou

Chemistry Technician John Baum has been making large amounts of WHO hand sanitser which was donated to security for use around campus.

 Well done!

LATEST

Lancaster Technician has book published - BOOK SIGNING 26TH FEB

Congratulations to Lancaster Environment Centre technician Marion Dunn, who has had her book 'The Boxing Diaries' published recently. Read the article about her mid life love affair with boxing here

Marion will be signing copies of her book in the LEC covered courtyard Wed 26th Feb at 12.45 - 13.00.

RSC Technicians Commitment Launch Event

The Royal Society of Chemistry are holding it Technicians Commitment launch event on March 4th at their London headquaters.

Information and registration details are here

Lancaster awarded for commitment to technicians

Lancaster University has received an award for its progress in recognising the contribution of technicians to scientific research.

John Dwyer accepted the award on behalf of the Lancaster University Technicians,

To read more see the link here

Technician Commitment Progress

 

Initial Meetings and allocation of steering group to represent all areas of technical members

12th September 2018

 

The Vice-Chancellor and Head of HR Paul Boustead have signed the technicians commitment

1st May 2019

 

Steering group meeting to discuss action plan.

Group Members are:

Chair: Richard Haley (Physics) Assistant Dean Level, John Dwyer (FHM) Initiator, Annette Robinson (HR), Andy Quin (FST Technical Director), Jayne May FST HR Partner, Jessica Fisher (Engineering) Apprentice Representation, Tim Gregson (LEC) Union Representation, Trevor Renninson (Facilities), Helen Quirk (Chemistry) Superintendent, Elizabeth Shaw (BLS) BLS Faculty Representation, Stephanie Sims (FASS) FASS Faculty Representation, Jennie Williams (HR) Administrator.

 

Steering Group meeting 26th June 2019

Discussion of which actions will be year 1, 2 or 3 and how the steering group will implement them.

One of the first actions is the new Technician Website due to be launched October 2019, this will hold information specifically for our technical staff to view.

The Technician website was launched on Wednesday 30th October 2019, at the first Technician Forum of this academic year.

The website is now live and can be found in the AtoZ on the intranet or here.

Technician in the spotlight

Awards Won by Technical Staff

Apprentice of the Year Staff Award 2019

 

 

Jessica (Mehers) Fisher, (Engineering) has won Lancaster's first Apprentice of the Year award in this years staff awards for her outstanding contribution to her department. 

Papin Prize 2019

The presentation of the ‘Papin Prizes’ at HETS 2019 which celebrate the skills, talents and experience of technicians throughout Higher Education in the UK and Ireland. The big news from this is that John Baum (Chemistry) was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Prize.

Other Technician Awards

There are many different awards that could be won by our technical staff, have a look at the link and nominate yourself or a colleague.

Other Technician Awards Page

What have the technicians been up to?

Technician Forum 30.10.19

On Wednesday 30th October, the technicians met for a networking lunch and launch of the technician website.

Rich Haley opened the session with updates of the progress of the Technician Commitment.

Lancaster awarded for commitment to technicians

Lancaster University has received an award for its progress in recognising the contribution of technicians to scientific research.

John Dwyer accepted the award on behalf of the Lancaster University Technicians,

To read more see the link here

LEC Tours Technical Forum 08.01.20

45 technicians from across the university attended the technicians forum hosted by the LEC Department.

There was a very positive ‘buzz’ around the event and as the attached image shows people really did appear to enjoy the event.

Many thanks to all that contributed in particular Annette, Brian and Geoff. 

 

RSC Technicians Commitment Launch Event

The Royal Society of Chemistry are holding it Technicians Commitment launch event on March 4th at their London headquaters.

Information and registration details are here

Lancaster Technician has book published !

Congratulations to Lancaster Environment Centre technician Marion Dunn, who has had her book 'The Boxing Diaries' published recently. Read the article about her mid life love affair with boxing here

Useful Institutions

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  • IST

     

    Institute of Science and Technology

    The professional body for technical staff, specialists and technical managers working across a broad range of sectors and disciplines.

     

  • HEaTED

     

    Higher Education and Technician's Educational Development (HEaTED) is the UK's leading provider of professional development and networking opportunities for all disciplines of the technical workforce. 

  • Technicians Make It Happen

     

    Technicians Make it Happen is geared towards inspiring young people and explaining to the adults in their lives, such as parents and teachers, that the career of a technician can have boundless opportunities. Their aim is to reveal how technicians work in virtually every sector and industry in the country – and if you are naturally analytical, practical and a real problem-solver, it’s very likely that a technician career could be ideal.

  • Midlands Innovation

     

    Midlands Innovation is a world-class research and innovation partnership, combining the collective excellence of leading universities in the heart of the UK. We unite the power of university research with the unique strengths of the Midlands industry to drive cutting-edge research, innovation and skills development.

  • Science Council

     

    The Science Council provides the quality assurance system for those working in science. We set the standards for professional registration for practising scientists and science technicians across all scientific disciplines. Through our Licensed Bodies we admit to our registers scientists and science technicians who meet our competence and conduct requirements and commit to Continuing Professional Development. Those scientists who reach the required standards are recognised by the following designations CSci, CSciTeach, RSci and RSciTech.

Apprenticeships Information

Apprenticeships can be a great way to develop staff in a range of subject areas. Funding for apprenticeships is available through the apprenticeship levy. Further details can be found on the apprenticeships webpages.

The University partners with Blackpool and the Fylde College will be on campus throughout the year to provide information sessions (see dates and times here) on the apprenticeships available and how these can be accessed by University Staff.

 Topics include:

  • Management and Leadership
  • Business Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Catering, Hospitality and Event Management
  • Computing and Digital technologies

The information sessions will provide an overview of the different apprenticeships, what’s involved and provide the opportunity for questions.

See the link here to the OED webpage for workshops and more information.

New Technical Staff

Welcome to our new starters, please make the effort to say hello and help when they need it.

Hazardous Waste Collection Dates

Hazardous waste is collected by Avanti now called Tradebe, 4 times per year. Contact your department rep if you have any queries or have any waste to add to the collection.

Chemistry: Helen Quirk/Nas Aktar

Physics: Steve Holden

LEC: Sam Jones

Engineering: Jess Fisher

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Contact a Technician

We have created a spreadsheet to collate all the technical roles within our university to a central location, including job title, department and email address'.

We have 121 technicians so far on campus!

Tech Email List Link