Our commitment to our Technicians

Swansea University acknowledges the crucial contributions that its technicians provide to teaching, research and to the running and maintenance of overall facilities. In alignment with our strategies on People, on Research and on Education, we are committed to further develop the skills of our technician cohort, to increase the visibility of their roles and contributions, to enable them to access rewarding career opportunities and to ensure an adequate pipeline for the sustainability of their wide skillset.

Our commitment towards our Technician community is formalised through our signatory status (since March 2022) of the Technician Commitment. As a part of our commitment, by December 2022 we will produce a two-year action plan with concrete and measurable initiatives that enhances the career, the opportunities and skills of our technicians, and at the same time provide them with the recognition their contributions deserve.

The action plan is designed from the bottom up by our newly established Technician Forum, an inclusive venue where ideas can be proposed, discussed and put into action. 

The activity of the Technician forum is overseen by the Technician Commitment Steering Group, comprising members of the Technician community, Academics and Professional Service leaders. One of the main roles of the Steering Group is to liaise with the Forum, other internal stakeholders at the University and external stakeholders such as the Science Council, to ensure coherence and fitness for purpose of the initiatives in the action plan. The Steering Group, which is co-chaired by Professor Biagio Lucini and Mr Mark Pritchard, has monthly meetings.

technician showing chemistry student how to use equipment

Meet our Technicians

Meet our high-skilled technicians recently nominated for the Research & Innovation Awards 2022 category for Outstanding Technician's Contribution Award: 

  • Rob Smith, Aquatic Systems Senior Technician at the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research
  • Ian Hemming, Laboratory Technician, College of Engineering
  • Paul Hughes, Technician, Science and Engineering Research: Sustainable Advanced Materials

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