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Sheffield launches new national centre for professional technicians in HE

The University of Sheffield has launched the UK’s first national centre for university technicians.

The National Centre for Technical Development and Modernisation will work to improve efficiency by providing a national framework for standardised job titles, grading and career pathways across the technical workforce. It will also examine and signpost best practice in areas of technical training and development.

The Centre has evolved from a major HEFCE-funded Catalyst project led by the University of Sheffield, which led work scoping the diverse skills of university technicians in order to gain a stronger understanding of potential skills gaps as research techniques and technologies continue to develop.

Its work will including looking at at how to communicate the merits of the profession to new graduates, school leavers and those wanting a career change, who may have been previously unaware of the opportunities available. In partnership with the Institute of Science and Technology, the professional body for technical, managerial and specialist staff, it will bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge through one major hub to further support and resolve issues affecting universities across the UK.