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Video Technical Excellence @ Manchester Launch Event
Posted by: lisa_grady - 01-12-2017, 10:24 AM - Forum: General Discussions - No Replies

Technical Excellence at Manchester launch event 12/12/16

The event was well attended and we received an Employer Champion award from the science council Smile

Bring on Technical networking at Manchester !


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  New articles about technicians in HE
Posted by: E.Gifford - 12-20-2016, 01:29 PM - Forum: General Discussions - No Replies

Hi everyone  Smile

There's been loads of new articles recently about technicians and the need for sustainable career pathways for technicians in HE:

Nature letter: Forge a clearer path for technical careers

Efficiency Exchange blog: A technician shaped hole in HE 

Laboratory News article: Committed to technicians 

What do people think? Has anyone seen any other articles about technicians or technical careers that they would like to share?

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  UoS Technicians share your story
Posted by: E.Gifford - 11-23-2016, 12:57 PM - Forum: General Discussions - No Replies

Hi all!

Has everyone seen the campaign launched by internal comms here at Sheffield last week?


This is to celebrate the Gatsby #TechniciansMakeItHappen campaign and technicians from Sheffield uni. 

All you have to do to share your story is write a 150 word profile of yourself and send it, along with a photo of you at work, to internalcommunications@sheffield.ac.uk by 30th November. 

They will then create a great staff feature for the website made up of technician stories. 

This is a great way to show off our technician talent at Sheffield and raise the profile of technicians throughout the university!

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  What's the difference between a technician and a technical instructor? HE blog post
Posted by: E.Gifford - 11-07-2016, 10:23 AM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (1)

Hi all, 

Has everyone seen this Academics Anonymous blog post from Friday?

Let's bridge the divide between lecturers and technical instructors

What do people think? Do you agree or disagree with the author?

They also mention the fellowship of the Higher Education Academy scheme as a way for technical staff to develop and get recognition for teaching in HE. This is something that University of Sheffield techs can register for at Sheffield (sign up to one of the Personal Pathway sessions on the LMS). 


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  University of Exeter, Technical Services Conference 2017
Posted by: Cresswell1664 - 10-18-2016, 12:48 PM - Forum: General Discussions - No Replies

I am pleased to announce that the University of Exeter, Technical Services Conference 2017 will take place on 6 July 2017 at our St Luke's campus in Exeter.  There will be delegate tickets available to other HEIs and sponsorship opportunities for the event. Spread the word!

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  Applying for IST Membership: my personal experience
Posted by: Cresswell1664 - 10-15-2016, 03:30 PM - Forum: Professional Registration - No Replies

Following receipt of my MIScT Diploma of Membership I though I would write a post about how I found the process.

Finding the membership application process and documentation was really straightforward.  I navigated to the IST membership webpages, where I found everything I needed to apply.

I downloaded the word version of the membership application form so that I could work on it at my PC (this avoided anyone trying to read my handwritten hieroglyphs...).  

The application form was clearly set up to collect:

  • Personal details: Name, Date of Birth, Address etc.
  • Details of present post.
  • Previous employment history.
  • Qualifications.
  • Courses and other relevant Details. I utilised the data held in our HR training record, and other training events to help populate this section.
  • Referee.
In the 'Details of Present Post" section there is a box for you to write "Details of practical work undertaken in the year prior to application".  I found completing this section to be a highly valuable, reflective, experience.  It gave me the opportunity to think back on all my achievements and note them down - I was actually quite surprised to see how much I had achieved over the past 12 months.  Luckily I had been keeping track of my projects, tasks and work so this did help me to complete this section.  I also found looking back through my MS Outlook calendar reminded me of things I could add to this section too.  

I have decided to start, and maintain, a Personal and Professional Development (PPD) log/journal to help me keep track of my achievements and enable me to look at what value I got from attending training or a course, what skills I acquired, and how I can utilise these my new skills/knowledge to the benefit of my team and the wider institution.  This will no doubt be invaluable for any renewal of my membership or professional registration application.

Once I submitted my membership application to the IST they reviewed my application and informed me of the membership grade that best suited my qualifications and experience.  The diploma and a glossy copy of the latest IST journal arrived at my home address once my application and membership fee was processed.

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  Professional Registration for Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Posted by: Cresswell1664 - 10-03-2016, 08:57 PM - Forum: Professional Registration - No Replies

It may be more appropriate for Mechanical Engineers to become members, and subsequently professionally registered with, the Institute of Mechanical Engineering.

I have tried to sum up the application process and make applying for membership as easy as I possibly can.

Professional registration gives you:

  • The chance to benchmark your skills against a global standard.
  • Recognition of your experience and better career prospects.
  • Transferability of your skills to other roles or organisations.
  • Improved job satisfaction and ongoing development.
  • Other membership benefits can be found here.
The application process

Note: all apprentices should skip steps 1 and 2 and go straight to sept 3, and apply for a FREE affiliate membership.

1.  Use the route to membership tool to find out which professional registration level is right for you.

2.  Check your academic qualifications.  List of Academic requirements.

3.  Complete the relevant application form (the blue "apply online" button is near the bottom of each page):
  • CEng 
  • IEng 
  • EngTech 
  • Affiliate.  Apprentices can apply for affiliate membership FREE.  (click on the blue "apply for apprentice membership" button near the bottom of the page at the link)
4. In addition, for CEng and IEng you will need to:
  • Get support from 2 sponsors.
  • Submit your application by applying online Links at the bottom of the following guidance pages.
  • Professional review interview.  The interviewers will focus on your most recent and relevant experience. They will make their judgements based solely on the information provided on your application and your performance during the interview.  The interview will take approximately 45 minutes.
Good luck in your applications.

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  Next TechNet event @ UoS: Health and Safety
Posted by: E.Gifford - 09-27-2016, 10:03 AM - Forum: Technicians' Network Meetings - No Replies

Hi everyone, 

The next TechNet event at the University of Sheffield is coming up:

Health and Safety
Friday 14th October, 12.30 - 1.45
Council Room, Firth Court

We will have a talk from the Head of Health and Safety at the UoS and then table discussions and questions. 

With drinks, cake and time for networking.

Find out more and sign up here

See you there [Image: smile.png]

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  HEaTED SW Steering Group
Posted by: Cresswell1664 - 09-23-2016, 07:31 PM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (1)

A big thank you to Andrew Kent (Plymouth) for volunteering to take the role as the HEaTED SW regional coordinator, and for organising the first of many HEaTED SW Steering Groups.  

It was great to meet Fred Hale (Bristol), Rod Taite (Falmouth), and Richard Wood (Plymouth), to discuss how we can promote HEaTED within our organisations.  

We are now looking at arranging a FREE HEaTED networking event in 2017.  Keep an eye out for HEaTED SW posts with further updates.

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  IST Conference 2016 - coach from Sheffield
Posted by: E.Gifford - 08-11-2016, 08:57 AM - Forum: Professional Registration - No Replies

Hi everyone,

There will be a free coach from Sheffield to the IST Conference in Manchester on the 15th of September. 
The  coach will be going from the University of Sheffield to the Manchester Conference Centre and will be returning to Sheffield at the end of the day. 

The coach will be leaving from Durham Road at 7.45am on the 15th of September and will pick up at 16.15 outside the Manchester Conference Centre. 

To book a place on the coach, please contact Natalie Kennerley on n.j.kennerley@sheffield.ac.uk.
Places are available to both those who have already booked a place at the conference and those who have yet to do so. 
Please be aware places are limited, so book your place soon. 

For more information on the IST Conference or to book your place go to http://istonline.org.uk/ist-technical-conference-2016/

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