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Survey launches of Technical Staff in UK higher education

806 Yellow HatThe Research England funded Midlands Innovation TALENT programme is undertaking a once in a generation survey of technicians in higher education and research across the UK.

TALENT is a 4 year programme to advance status and opportunity for technical skills, roles and careers in UK higher education and research. The national survey of technical staff launches on February 4th and provides technical colleagues across the country with an opportunity to contribute to TALENT’s national Policy Commission. The Commission is building sector knowledge and understanding of the technical workforce across higher education and research and will provide strategic insight into the future skills and careers needs of the UK technical community.

Speaking about the survey, Professor Sir John Holman, Chair of the TALENT Policy Commission, said: “This survey will play a vital part in informing the Policy Commission. We want to hear directly from technicians about their experiences so we can better understand their needs.  The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of academic research for making and implementing policy, and the critical role of technicians in both research and teaching. Now more than ever, we need to understand the technician workforce in higher education and research, so we can better support them and enable technicians to give their best.”

Kelly Vere, MBE, Programme lead for MI TALENT, added: “This is a once in a generation opportunity for technicians to have their voice heard through a national policy commission which will shine the spotlight on our profession. Through this survey we will better understand the needs of technical staff, which will help us to advocate for them and provide support that they need in order to develop their careers and skills. I strongly encourage technical colleagues across the UK to complete it, your feedback is hugely important in ensuring the voice of the community is heard.”

The survey opens on 4th February and closes on Sunday 7th March 28th 2021. All participants will also go into a prize draw to win £100.

Technical staff can take part in the survey here


Notes to Editors

For more information about this press release, please contact Nick King, Marketing Manager, Midlands Innovation, email: nick.king@era.ac.uk  tel: 07964 391057


TALENT is a £5Mm project, funded by the Research England Development Fund, which leads and influences change to advance status and opportunity for technical skills, roles and careers in UK Higher Education. It is led by the Midlands Innovation (MI) consortium of eight universities in collaboration with key stakeholder and industry partners. It is the largest ever investment into technicians in higher education, whose specialist skills often go unrecognised despite the crucial role they play in the success of universities and the growth of the UK economy.

Other partners on TALENT include the Science Council, Technician Commitment, Wellcome Trust, British Geological Survey, Manufacturing Technology Centre, Rolls Royce Plc, Unilever, Thales Alenia Space (TAS), Cobra Biologics and Midlands Engine.

About Midlands Innovation

Midlands Innovation is a world-class research and innovation partnership, combining the collective excellence of eight leading universities in the heart of the UK – Aston, Birmingham, Cranfield, Keele, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick. It unites the power of university research with the unique strengths of Midlands industry to drive cutting-edge research, innovation and skills development.

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