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Technician Commitment:
One Year In

The Science Council and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Technicians Make It Happen campaign hosted a prestigious event at the Tower of London on 6 November to mark one year since the launch of the Technician Commitment. As a founding signatory of the Commitment, Imperial was presented with a commemorative plaque in recognition of its exceptional progress to date. Attending on behalf of the College were Lindsay Comalie (Learning and Development Centre), Allison Hunter (Department of Life Sciences) and Alastair James (Advancement).
The Technician Commitment is a university and research institution initiative which aims to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technical staff. At the Tower of London event, publication of a report laying out the campaign’s key actions to date was announced. Lord Sainsbury, Settlor of Gatsby, said that what had been achieved so far had “exceeded all expectations”. Download the Technician Commitment: One year in report here.

An inspiring new video on the campaign was also unveiled.
Technician Commitment:
One Year In

Imperial's Animal Technicians Recognised by Prestigious Accreditation

Imperial's Central Biomedical Services (CBS) division has become the first animal care facility within a UK university to be recognised by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC International). CBS has a highly skilled team of animal technicians, who oversee the day-to-day care and welfare of the animals used in research at Imperial. The division has now been officially recognised by AAALAC for the high standard of its care. Read more about this prestigious accreditation.

Find out more about the work of Imperial's animal technicians.

Travel Grants for Staff: European Union Erasmus+ Programme

Erasmus+ offers the opportunity to undertake a short job-shadowing, networking, training or study visit to a relevant higher education institution or commercial organisation within the European Economic Area (EEA) or Turkey. Since 2012, 62 Imperial employees have participated in the scheme, including technical services staff. If you would like to deepen your knowledge of the sector, share best practice or broaden your awareness of relevant roles in an international context, this could be for you!

The deadline for applications is 11 February 2019 and visits will take place between April and September 2019. Find out more about Erasmus+.

The UK's exit from the EU will not impact on the provision of these grants in 2018-19.

Internal and External Awards


Imperial Staff Recognition Awards

Imperial has a number of different award schemes in place to recognise the achievements and hard work of staff at the College. These awards are for all staff, at all levels, across research, teaching and professional services roles, who have shown outstanding commitment and demonstrated a valuable contribution to the College's mission.

This year, several new awards have been introduced. The President’s Awards for Culture and Community recognise staff who have made outstanding contributions over the last year in three different categories: Leadership; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; and Collaboration and Communication.

We urge you to nominate technical services colleagues who have gone that extra mile! Find out more about all the awards and how to nominate.

Nominations will open on 3 December 2018 and close on Friday 8 February 2019.

External Awards

Higher Education Bioscience Technician of the Year Award
The HE Bioscience Technician of the Year Award is open to technical staff at any stage in their career, employed in a teaching, research or management role in the HE bioscience sector. Nominations are open now and close on 11 January 2019.
RSC Higher Education Technical Excellence Award
The Royal Society of Chemistry’s HE Technical Excellence Award is for individuals or teams demonstrating exceptional contributions to technical support within the HE sector. Nominations are open now and close on 15 January 2019.
Papin Prizes
The Papin Prizes recognise the skills, talent and experience of technicians in higher education and research. Nominations are open now and will close on 31 January 2019.
IET Apprentice and Technician of the Year Awards
The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Achievement Awards recognise individuals who stand out from their peers and have made noteworthy achievements in their area of expertise. Nominations are open now and will close on 17 May 2019.

Save the Date!
Upcoming External Meetings and Conferences

The Future for UK Science and Innovation
28 February 2019, Westminster Higher Education Forum
Science, Innovation and Collaboration 2019: Future Places, People, Support and Technologies
2-3 April 2019, University of Birmingham

IAT Congress 2019
9 – 12 April 2019, North West England

Training at the College

**New Course: Safety Leadership Training**

Highly recommended for Technical Services Managers, this brand new course is delivered by a lawyer specialising in the defence and prosecution of health and safety offences, and focuses on individual duties and responsibilities. An interactive, half-day programme, the course will include a safety incident, an interview under caution and a courtroom scenario. Places are available for the 17 December sessions (morning and afternoon).
Further information

Here is a selection of the other internal courses running in December and January:
Disability Awareness Training
Introduction to Management at Imperial
Calibre Taster Session
Career Strategies Workshop
Leading Successful Teams
Managing Difficult Situations
A full list of courses is available here.
Imperial staff also have free access to a variety of online courses through


As Imperial is a member of HEaTED, College staff can attend HEaTED training at a discounted price. Check out the HEaTED CPD page for upcoming courses in London and other locations.

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