Support for Technicians

Technician Commitment Collaboration Fund

The University of Edinburgh, Heriot Watt University and Queen Margaret University have been granted funding to work together to create career development opportunities for technicians.

The project, led by the University of Edinburgh, aims to create a sense of community, improve networking and career support for technicians through training, mentoring and shadowing opportunities. 

The project aims to highlight the breadth of support available to technicians at their institutions, improve knowledge on the different career options available and develop awareness of the opportunities for development across Edinburgh Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

The collaboration between the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University and Queen Margaret University, will form a working group to identify and establish greater career development opportunities in the city.

The project aims to address the following points by the end of 2022:

Identify what support is available to technical staff within and across each HEI, including identifying online resources and training opportunities that can be shared between the institutions;

Work together to create job shadowing and mentoring opportunities allowing technicians to gain further insights into various career paths and opportunities available across Edinburgh;

And identify the development needs of technicians and their managers, using findings from the National Survey of Technical Staff run by Research England to inform the future needs of technical talent in Edinburgh.