We are pleased to announce that we have signed up to the Technician Commitment, a university and research institution initiative, which aims to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians.

We, along with a number of other institutions and our GW4 partners, became new signatories of the commitment. The next step is to undertake a self-assessment exercise and submit a two-year action plan to the Technician Commitment steering board. Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), and David Williams, Technical Manager in Engineering and Design Technical Services, attended an event at the Tower of London yesterday to mark the signing of the commitment.

Jonathan said: “We are proud to be one of the 75 institutions, along with our GW4 partners, that have signed up to the Technician Commitment. This is a great opportunity for us to support a key area that will improve and safeguard vital technical skills.

Our technicians are a highly valued and crucial part of the excellent teaching and research that takes place at the University, and this commitment will help the University provide the visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability they deserve.”

David said “Signing up to the Technician Commitment shows that we are serious about addressing the challenges raised by technical staff within the University of Bath.

The signatory event on 6 November was an exciting opportunity to meet with others working on the same challenges in universities around the UK and to hear about the excellent work happening within the sector to champion those in technical roles.”