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HETS Summit Celebrates Role of Technicians

The UK’s largest conference dedicated to celebrating the success and achievements of technicians in higher education and research returns on 10 November 2021. 

Higher Education Technician Summit (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. 

Fran Scott an engineering presenterpyrotechnician and well-known public figure on TV anstage will be a keynote speaker at HETS which is open to technicians of all levels and disciplines across UK and Ireland. 

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will be sharing a dedicated message to delegates and Professor Andy Long Provost Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, will be giving a speech to technicians.   

Several workshops will be delivered on a range of topics including the policy landscape pertaining to the technical workforcetechnical representation within institutional decision-making processesnetworks to support health and wellbeing, recruiting a diverse technical workforce and essential PPE.  

The acclaimed Papin Prizes will also be presented to technicians across nine categories, including teaching, research, infrastructure, outreach and a special category for this year; recognising technician’s significant role in response to COVID-19 

Fran Scott, Engineering Presenter said: “I’m looking forward to speaking to such a big part of the higher education and research community at HETS and celebrating the incredible and absolutely vital work that technicians do day-to-day. It’s fantastic that this event takes place to recognise the work of technicians and their role in generating new ideas and innovations.” 

Kelly Vere MBE and Project Lead for TALENT, the Research England funded programme which organises the event, said that it was important that technicians were given the opportunity to celebrate with peers after what’s been a very challenging year 

“I’m delighted that we’re able to honour the hard work of technicians again at a face-to-face event,” she explained. 

We’re really excited to be welcoming Fran Scott on the day; she’s well known for her work in raising the profile of science and innovation to the general public. Technicians will also hear a personal address from Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, CEO from UKRI at a time when key strategies impacting the role of technicians have recently been published. The workshops have been designed around the broader issues impacting technicians in higher education and research and there will also be time to network. 

"HETS has now become a significant event for the technical community, whilst we held a successful virtual event in June, the networking opportunities this event brings has helped make it the largest technician event in the UK. 

The 2021 summit builds on the success of three previous summits held at Birmingham in 2019, Warwick in 2017, and in Nottingham in 2015. 

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