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Internal News - 27 October 2008

New national project to support the professional development of technicians

The University has joined the HEaTED (Higher Education & Technicians Educational Development) project, a new organisation established specifically for technical/specialist staff who support core research and teaching.

It aims to:

HEaTED is supported by HEFCE and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, in response to a growing awareness that – as a result of the “age time bomb” and a lack of appropriate training - the sector is in danger of losing the top-quality technical skills needed for world-class higher education.

As members of a subscribing institution, all University of Bath technical staff have access to a Virtual Learning Environment hosted in association with the Institute of Science & Technology (IST). This has a range of generic and role-specific learning resources, a national discussion forum and mailbase, and information about an expanding range of national learning and development events.

Members also have discounted rates for the IST's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme. This scheme provides a developmental route, that can be tailored to the ‘specialist’ nature of technical roles, whilst providing them with the skills needed to maintain and enhance their professionalism. The scheme is designed to enable individuals to respond to the changing pattern of needs, is flexible in its application and content and aims to meet the needs of the more ‘traditional’ skill groups as well as those related to new and developmental aspects of the role.

For further information and details of how to access the HEaTED resources, see Related Links section.