The University has just taken the next step to support and develop technical staff after signing up to the Technician Commitment last year.

We have over 170 technicians at Bath with expertise spanning everything from aeronautics to horticulture.

A new action plan marks the latest phase at Bath, with a new career framework for technical staff, technical representation on Departmental Executives and dedicated webpages for and about technicians.

Two new GW4 bursaries will also catalyse skill sharing and development between technical staff across the four institutions.

Since the University signed up to the Commitment, colleagues have organised the first Technicians’ Conference to celebrate technicians’ contributions to teaching and research, with a 2020 event already in planning for next summer.

David Williams, Technical Manager & Institutional Lead, said: “I’m really proud of this plan, which shows the University is serious about delivering on its commitment to support technical staff. Seeing the progress already made towards the themes of the commitment has been exciting and I encourage all staff to get behind this to bring positive change for technicians.”

Professor Ian White, Vice-Chancellor, said: “Technical staff are essential to our success at the University of Bath, without whom much of our teaching and research would not happen. I’m proud that we are a signatory to the Technician Commitment, pledging action to raise the profile of the technical workforce.”

“This action plan is a great opportunity to celebrate the contribution of our technical staff and will help us to deliver the recognition they deserve. I’m in full support of the work we are doing in this area and look forward to seeing the changes it will bring.”