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Faculty Technician Professional Registration Workshop

As part of Queen’s University Belfast’s continued support and investment in The Technician Commitment, MHLS hosted a Professional Registration workshop on Wednesday 26 September 2018.

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There were thirty five technicians attending, and the workshop was delivered by representatives of The Institute of Science and Technology (IST).

Joan Ward (Finance Officer) introduced the technicians to IST membership and talked impressively of how IST was formed “by technicians, for technicians”. IST offers benefits to technicians, not only in MHLS but, across the whole university technical workforce.

Michelle Jackson (IST Registrar and Department Technical Manager, School of Life Sciences at Nottingham University) presented the advantages offered to technicians willing to commit to Professional Registration, which gives visibility and recognition by concentrating on skills and competencies, rather than academic qualifications.

Finally, John-Paul Ashton (IST Social Media/Engagement Advisor and Research Technician in the Zebrafish Screening Unit, University of Sheffield) guided us through the Professional Registration application procedure, with a promise that IST will give further support to anyone who chooses to apply.

The immediate feedback from the workshop has been extremely positive and there was a great buzz in the room at the prospect of achieving recognition for the great research and teaching delivered by QUB technicians.