TALENT

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mass spercTALENT is a unique initiative designed to support the dedicated team of technicians in higher education. TALENT will help them develop new skills and expand their professional networks.

Dr Helen Turner, Director of Midlands Innovation

The Technicians Commitment

Technicians and technical staff are fundamental to university life. They enable teaching, research and outreach activities. As a partnership founded on supporting research excellence, Midlands Innovation recognises that ensuring recognition and opportunity for its technical community helps us to achieve our aims.

The Midlands Innovation universities have over 2100 technical staff working in their institutions. Since 2015 the Midlands Innovation partnership has embarked on a programme of activities designed to increase the visibility of our technical workforce, to recognise its excellence and to start to think about collaboratively supporting its career development.

The Technician Commitment is a sector wide initiative led by the Science Council and supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Technicians Make It Happen campaign. The Commitment aims to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research, across all disciplines.

All eight members of the Midlands Innovation partnership were founding signatories of the Technician Commitment in 2017.