Queen’s Technicians Networking Event 23 April 2021
Technicians at Queen's came together for a virtual networking event on Friday, 23rd April 2021.
We were delighted that the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ian Greer, was able to join us, along with over one hundred technicians to hear about what has been happening with the Technician Commitment at Queen's. A short video (see below), created by Queen's technicians, highlighted some of the major achievements over the past four years and how technical staff have made significant contributions to the COVID effort during the pandemic
Speaking at the event Prof Greer thanked Queen’s technicians for the work they do and in particular for their contribution in keeping the University running during a very difficult year. He acknowledged those technicians who have been working on campus maintaining facilities over lockdown and implementing health and safety measures across Schools. Technicians were also proactive in supporting the Covid-19 crisis by supplying PPE resources to help the NHS; helping with the Covid testing and research efforts; and supporting students and staff remotely.
Gillian Riddell, co-chair of the Technician Steering Group, spoke about the latest 3 year action plan and the establishment of five focus groups, each with specific responsibilities around addressing action points in the plan. It is hoped that Queen’s Technicians will volunteer to sit on each group.
Gillian commented that “This has been a fantastic event that has showcased what we have achieved over the past four years in the Technician Commitment. Today there was a great turnout, and this will be the first of a number of events which will bring technicians together over the next couple of years, hopefully in person. If anyone is interested in joining one of the focus groups, please get in touch with myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) or your representative on the Steering Group.“