The Technician Commitment and Developing a Technician Community of Practice in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

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Abstract

QUB signed up to the Technician Commitment as one of the founding signatories in May 2017. Since then, with the support of the University the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences (FMHLS) technical staff have formed a self-driven technician community.
The Technician Commitment is a national initiative supported by stakeholders including the Science Council, Advance HE and the Gatsby Foundation and is designed to promote four key themes of Visibility, Recognition, Career Development and Sustainability. The Technician Commitment highlights technical expertise which exists in the Higher Education (HE) sector. This initiative addresses the need to support the technical community within HE institutions and to develop and safeguard our future technician community and technical skills. Additionally, signatories self-assess and evaluate the impact of action plans to help review progress relating to the Technician Commitment key themes and are regularly audited by the Science Council. Currently there are over 75 institutional signatories pledging to support technical staff and address issues identified within the Technician Commitment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages21-22
Number of pages2
No.28
Specialist publicationQueens University Belfast Reflections
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2019

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