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Achievements of university technicians recognised in the Papin Prizes

Technicians from across the UK were recognised for their achievements at the Papin Prize a prestigious Papin Prize at the HETS 2019 conference in Birmingham earlier this week.

The awards were presented at HETS 2019, (Higher Education Technicians Summit), which shares best practice amongst higher education technical staff in UK, Ireland and beyond, and is the largest event of its kind in Europe, with over 700 technicians attending.

Seven outstanding technicians and a technical team won Papin Prizes for excellence in their work.

The winners in each category were:

  • Research: Lorenza Francescut, University of Leicester
  • Teaching: Amy Horne, Nottingham Trent University
  • Newcomer: Hannah Constantin, University of Nottingham
  • Core Research Facility: Steve Hindmarsh, University of Warwick
  • Infrastructure: Paul Gilbert, University of Liverpool
  • Outreach: Jane Thorning, University of Plymouth
  • Technical Team: School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University
  • Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Lifetime Achievement Award: John Baum, Lancaster University

Speaking about the Papin Prizes, Kelly Vere, Technician Commitment lead for the Science Council, said: “This year, the standard of entries for the Papin Prizes was incredibly high, so all of the technicians and technical teams that have been nominated for the awards should be very proud of their achievements.”

Named after Denis Papin, a famous 17th century technician, the Papin Prizes were first awarded at the inaugural Higher Education Technicians Summit (HETS) in 2015. Held biennially, the Papin Prizes recognise and reward innovation and excellence amongst technicians working in higher education.

The final award to be presented, the Lifetime Achievement Award was given in honour of Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMG at Warwick University, who passed away earlier this year. Lord Bhattacharyya was always a very passionate champion of the work of technicians.

HETS was sponsored by Midlands Innovation, a partnership of eight universities - Aston, Birmingham, Cranfield, Keele, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham & Warwick, in partnership with the Science Council.

Dr Helen Turner, Director of Midlands Innovation, added: “I am particularly delighted that we have had so many entries for the Papin Prizes from right across the UK. This demonstrates that the excellent work which technicians do throughout the country is greatly appreciated by their work colleagues and students. I am pleased that through HETS and the Papin Prizes we are able to support technicians in HE and recognise their achievements.”

For more information about HETS and the Papin Prizes, visit http://www.midlandsinnovation.org.uk/


For more information about the HETS conference, contact Kelly Vere at the Science Council email: K.Vere@sciencecouncil.org