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  Technicians Make It Happen -support the campaign
Posted by: E.Gifford - 07-27-2016, 03:13 PM - Forum: General Discussions - No Replies

Hi everyone,

Has anyone seen the new campaign Gatsby have launched recently to raise awareness of technicians and promote technical careers?

"The multi-channel campaign aims to raise awareness and perceptions of the role technicians play in driving the UK economy, and encourage and educate young people with a talent for STEM subjects, their teachers and parents, to consider the benefits of a career as a technician. The stars of this campaign are the technicians themselves – we want to put them in the spotlight. Over the next two years we will be creating a series of ‘technician stories’, that we can use as a basis to promote and celebrate the skills and achievements of technicians across the UK."

You can visit their website:
 Technicians Make It Happen

You can follow the campaign on twitter: @technicians_mih  #techniciansmakeithappen

And then they have a few things coming up that we can get involved in:

Join their thunderclap - a mass simultaneous social media post to promote the campaign, going out on the 15th of August:
Sign up here

A 'technicians make it happen' photo competition - with prizes:
"Look around you and find something that technicians will have helped to make. Be creative - we're talking about almost anything you use in your daily life, from your face wash to your trainers. Next snap it - take a picture of it with 'Technicians Make it Happen' somewhere in the pic - it can be a sticker, post-it note, chalkboard - whatever you fancy. Finally, post it on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using #techniciansmakeithappen.

A winner will be announced every month on social media who will receive £25 Amazon vouchers. An overall winner will win a cash prize and career mentorship in 2017."

For more info and how to get involved visit the Thunderclap link above and click on updates. 

What do people think of the campaign so far?

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Posted by: Dandrew - 07-20-2016, 01:39 PM - Forum: General Discussions - No Replies

Hi,  Does anyone have an Astell AVS360 autoclave?
Would be interested in your opinion on them.


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  Next TechNet event - Teaching, training and recognition
Posted by: E.Gifford - 07-05-2016, 12:30 PM - Forum: Technicians' Network Meetings - Replies (1)

Hi everyone, 

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

Teaching, training and recognition
Tuesday 19th July 12.30 - 1.45

Come along to find out about training courses from HEaTED and how to get recognised for your teaching with the Higher Education Academy. 

With drinks, cake and time for networking.

Find out more and sign up here

See you there Smile

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  Website issue. Logging out
Posted by: j.marston - 06-30-2016, 11:01 AM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (4)

Is anyone else struggling to Log out? Since the website has updated I cannot log out, even after weeks I reload the site and I am still logged in. I am using a mac which never helps matters but as this is a shared computer other users won't be able to log in

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  SLS show Nottingham?
Posted by: E.Gifford - 05-19-2016, 09:17 AM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (1)

Hi everyone, 

We had a question posted in the 'Hello World' plugin- sorry this was just a test plugin and we've now deactivated it, but please continue to post in the forums  Smile

The question was: 

Is anyone else going to the SLS show in Nottingham next week?

Yes! Some of the Technical Development and Modernisation team from UoS are going to the show next week- we are looking forward to it! 

Is anyone else going?

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  HEaTED NW news and update
Posted by: Sandra_T - 05-17-2016, 03:26 PM - Forum: General Discussions - No Replies

Thanks to Natalie Kennerley for giving permission to post this:

Networking events for technical staff, website, courses and CPD support
I’m Sandra Taylor and I recently took over as the North West Coordinator for HEaTED. If you have not heard of HEaTED, they offer support to technical staff in higher education who want help with Continuing Professional Development (CPD), opportunities to network, and also help with professional registration via the Science Council. HEaTED work with the Science Council, with the Gatsby Foundation, and with the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) and other professional bodies. 
If your institution is already a member of HEaTED then it’s free for technical staff to become an individual member. There is also the option to become individual members and there are details on the new look HEaTED website, where there are many useful resources and an online discussion forum: 
The regional networking events are free for all to attend, and once you register with HEaTED you will get regular email updates about events and courses coming up. The next regional networking meeting will be in Lancaster and there are details of how to register here: www.stem.org.uk/heated/north-west 
There are also two courses, each two days, due to run in Manchester: Teaching and learning skills for technical staff module one on 27 and module two 28 June 2016, and also Leadership and management skills for technical staff module one on 4 and module two 5 July 2016.  
As well as being a Coordinator for HEaTED I can also assist with the process of professional registration as I am a trained assessor with the IST, so please feel free to contact me with any questions around this, or about HEaTED networking events or anything related that you want to know:  northwest@heated.ac.uk  
Last but not least, there is now a new UK National Centre for Professional Technicians in Higher Education, based in Sheffield and working in partnership with the IST. One part of this is to promote local TechNet initiatives, as well as professional registration. Terry Croft will be speaking about this, along with representatives from Manchester and Lancaster on 30 June 2016 at the North West Networking meeting in Lancaster. Please do come along! 

Sandra Taylor  
Email: northwest@heated.ac.uk   
Telephone: 0161 306 5131 
North West Coordinator for HEaTED 
Senior Research Technician at SYNBIOCHEM, MIB, University of Manchester. 
BSc, MPhil, MIScT and RSci 

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  Video Presentation is here!
Posted by: E.Gifford - 04-25-2016, 10:28 AM - Forum: Technicians' Network Meetings - Replies (1)

The 5th presentation from the Close Encounters with a Technical Mind TechNet Event is here - in video form!

James Pearson, IT and Learning Technology Manager from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, discusses his role in the Department of History and collaboration with other technicians:


A big thank you to James Pearson and Fergus Connolly for putting this together!

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  Close Encounters event: presentations
Posted by: E.Gifford - 04-22-2016, 12:32 PM - Forum: Technicians' Network Meetings - No Replies

The presentations from the four speakers at the 'Close Encounters' event can be downloaded from the event page:


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  Video presentation coming soon . . .
Posted by: E.Gifford - 04-19-2016, 02:33 PM - Forum: Technicians' Network Meetings - No Replies

Thanks to everyone who came to the Close Encounters event today,  it was great hearing from such a diverse range of technicians!

 A presentation- not shown today- has been filmed and will be posted on the forum shortly.

The video presentation will be of technician James Pearson from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. 

So keep an eye out for the video, coming soon to the forum . . .

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  Forum Survey - help us improve your forum experience!
Posted by: E.Gifford - 04-15-2016, 10:07 AM - Forum: General Discussions - No Replies

We would like your feedback on how we can improve the TechNet forum. . .

Fill out this survey and help us improve your forum experience!

Thanks  Smile

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