TALENT Launches new UK Technology Specialists Network

TALENT, together with colleagues from across the sector, is establishing a new national network of Technology Specialists to share best practice and support learning and development opportunities for technical experts working in higher education and research.

Technology Specialists are technicians who have in-depth knowledge and technical expertise in a specialised field. They’re vital to education, research and development and play a significant role in knowledge exchange.

The new UK Technology Specialists Network (TSN) has been founded by a group of technical colleagues from higher education and research institutes across the UK to develop a national network that will enhance skills and knowledge of individuals and strengthen institutional expertise.

TSN will be hosting its inaugural conference in April 2023 at the University of Edinburgh where over 100 Technology Specialists will come together to hear sector updates and share best practice.

Dr Ian Hancox, Research and Engagement Manager from the University of Warwick and Co-lead for TALENT said: “I’m confident the UK Technology Specialists Network will become a valuable community for many technical specialists who are seeking advice and support from peers, as well as creating a platform to share insights with other technicians.

“We want this network to welcome people from across the UK, at all levels and disciplines; the only requirement is that you’re working in a technical specialist role. We hope colleagues will join us for our inaugural conference in Edinburgh in April 2023.”

Alex Sossick, Head of Scientific Facilities and Imaging, at the Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge commented. “Technology Specialist roles often support cutting-edge research facilities and bring together several disciplines under a broader research area under biosciences or health, for instance.

“Having a network of peers to tap into for advice and best practice will elevate and advance career progression, build confidence and strengthen the UK’s technical workforce.”

Natalie Homer, Mass Spectrometry Core Manager and Senior Research Fellow in the Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility, University of Edinburgh also commented: “We’re delighted to be one of the founding institutions of the new Technology Specialist Network and pleased to be hosting TSN’s first conference here in Edinburgh. We’re looking forward to welcoming colleagues next Spring and to working collaboratively to grow and strengthen the opportunities this new network brings.”

Register to join the network and attend the inaugural TSN event in Edinburgh, April 2023.

The founding institutions of the TSN are University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, University of Manchester, University of Nottingham, University of Southampton, University of Warwick and the University of York.

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