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Higher Education Technicians Summit 2021


Higher Education Technicians Summit 2021


The UK’s biggest ever conference for technicians in Higher Education and research will be taking place in Nottingham on Wednesday 10th November 2021.

HETS 2021 is being held at the East Midlands Conference Centre at the University of Nottingham, and is sponsored by Midlands Innovation in partnership with the Science Council.

The 2021 summit will be the largest event held specifically for UK and Ireland higher education and research technical staff, building on the success of three previous summits held at Birmingham in 2019, Warwick in 2017, and in Nottingham in 2015.

The conference is structured around a range of “hot topics” and will also discuss broader issues around technical skills and education, including the importance of technicians in driving forward innovation, and the latest initiatives to ensure the future provision of technical education to young people.

HETS will once again be recognising technical excellence in academia through the awarding of the national ‘Papin Prizes’. To reflect the depth and breadth of technical roles in universities and research institutes, the Papin Prizes will be awarded to technicians in a range of categories, including teaching, research, infrastructure, outreach and more.

Nominations for the Papin Prizes are now open, nominate here

Submit your HETS workshop proposals here

To register your interest, please email info@midlandsinnovation.org.uk

Registrations for HETS will open shortly

Please note we are now running HETS Lite on the 23rd June 2021 to address key topics and issues impacting the technical community along with sessions that facilitate the sharing of best practice across the sector. The summit will be a free online webinar dedicated to topics that higher education and research technicians want to explore and discuss. The agenda for this event will follow. To register for this event please click here 

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Contact Name: Midlands Innovation

Email: info@midlandsinnovation.org.uk