As a world class international university our vision is to support outstanding students and staff, working in world class facilities, conducting leading-edge education and research, focused on the needs of society.
Our technicians are vital in order for us to achieve that vision. Our technicians have the practical skills and expertise to turn research into reality and to put theory into practice for our students through classes and workshops, helping them develop the technical skills they will need for future employment. These technical skills allow us to continue to achieve our strategic priorities in education, research and innovation and impact, allowing us to further strengthen and widen our local partnerships and global collaborations and, ultimately, our positive contribution to society. Without our technicians, we simply would not be the world-class university that we pride ourselves on, which is why the Technician Commitment is so important to me as Vice-Chancellor.
The Technician Commitment is a national initiative which aims to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians across all disciplines working in higher education and research. By signing the Technician Commitment, Queen's has pledged to take action on the key challenges affecting our technical staff as part of a journey to ensure visibility and recognition for our technicians.
Queen's University Belfast hosted its first Technician Commitment Event on Wednesday 9 January 2019, celebrating the unique expertise and contribution of its 240 technicians.
Held in the Computer Science Building, the event brought together technical staff, the University's senior leaders and speakers from external partner organisations to share the overall intent and plans of the Technician Commitment here at Queen's, as well as the wider UK context.
Describing the event as "a great celebration of the work of our technical workforce and [their] enormous contribution to this University" in his opening address, Vice-Chancellor Ian Greer said: "This is the first time technicians from each of the three faculties have ever been brought together at Queen's and that is an important step and an important message."
Higher Education and Technician's Educational Development (HEaTED) is the UK's leading provider of professional development and networking opportunities for all disciplines of the technical workforce. They offer; CPD activities, an advisory service to identify the needs of our technical service and areas for improvement, membershipin the technicians community and network and resources, support and toolkits.
We also offer ongoing staff training to complement HEaTED training.
More information will be published here in the coming months.
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