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Technician Development


Stage 3 Action Plan: 2024-2027

Thank you all for your feedback which has contributed to our Action Plan for the next 3 years. The document has now been signed off by the Vice-Chancellor and submitted to the Technician Commitment. You can view the new document here.

This Action Plan aligns with the work of the MI TALENT report and associated recommendations. Key headline targets include:

  • Career Pathways work
  • Fair Acknowledgement Guidelines
  • Strategic Focus  

To evidence our self-assessment we are asked for  initiative that have helped shape the current Action Plan. Therefore we will leave the previous call for action below for now, although you are of course still welcome to submit feedback and opinions on our new Action Plan.

Previous Actions: call for input

As part of our commitment to this initiative, we are required to develop an action plan and to submit this to the Science Council every two-three years. 

Our next self-assessment and Action Plan is due in January 2024 and as the Technician Commitment is primarily run by technicians for technicians, we are keen on your input. We are developing expanded targets based on the recent TALENT Commission report, a sector defining and leading report on the future of technical careers.

Ideally, we would like feedback on both our current Action Plan and the recommendations from the above report. We appreciate this would take a lot of time so we are also interested in your experiences and ideas in any case.

Areas we are are looking at are:


  • Fair Attribution Guidelines and Statement of Expectations (University of Liverpool examples are here)
  • Career Pathway Work. (University of Warwick example here)
  • Implementing the TALENT report recommendations
  • Increasing networking including local representatives
  • Undertaking the NTDC technical skills survey

You can view the Technician Commitment action plan.

Use this form if you have feedback and/or suggestions on any of these topics or just wish to give us examples from your own experiences and preferences. You do not have to fill out all sections. Any thoughts and responses are welcome. Answers can be anonymous if you wish.

The Technician Commitment is also looking for volunteers to peer-review Action Plans for other Institutes. Why not develop some new skills and help shape the future of the sector. No previous experience is required and the application form is here. For further information, see this post.