Human Resources

Edinburgh signs Technicians Commitment

At the New Scientist Live event in London on 28th September 2017, it was announced that the University of Edinburgh has signed the Technicians Commitment.

The Technician Commitment is a sector-wide initiative led by the Science Council and supported by the Gatsby Foundation which aims to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research, across all disciplines. 

In signing up to the commitment the University of Edinburgh joins 54 other UK Universities and Institutions, including many from the Russell Group, who have pledged their commitment to this worthwhile initiative which involves:

  • A commitment to take ongoing action around key challenges affecting out technical services staff. 
  • The annual assessment of the impact of actions taken to evaluate our progress and ensure effectiveness.   

Our annual action plan will focus on these area:

  • Visibility - Ensure that all technicians within the organisation are identifiable and that the contribution of technicians is visible within and beyond the institution
  • Recognition – Support technicians to gain recognition through professional registration
  • Career development – Enable career progression opportunities for technicians through the provision of clear, documented career pathways
  • Sustainability - Ensure the future sustainability of technical skills across the organisation and that technical expertise is fully utilised


All staff will have a part to play in achieving these aims, whether in a technical, academic or a leadership and management role. 

In the first year the action plan will be led by the recently established Technicians Support Steering Group.  The group comprises representatives from Technical staff, University Technical Services Management, HEaTED, Unions, Human Resources, IAD, and Social Responsibility & Sustainability and is currently looking to recruit additional membership from the Academic Community.   This group has played an integral role in getting Edinburgh University to the stage where we can confidently sign up to the commitment and they will be responsible for creating our first Technicians Commitment action plan for communication in early 2018. 

For any questions please contact the Technicians Support Steering Group: - Chair, Andrew Arnott, SRS Projects Coordinator (Labs)

To find out more

Visit the Science Council website