Technician Commitment

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ARU is a signatory to the Technician Commitment. We've committed to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research, across all disciplines.

Read our Technician Commitment Action Plan (PDF).

What is the Technician Commitment?

The Technician Commitment is a university and research institution initiative, led by a steering board of sector bodies, with support from the Science Council and the Technicians Make It Happen campaign.

The Commitment aims to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research, across all disciplines. Universities and research institutes are invited to become signatories of the Technician Commitment and pledge action against the key challenges affecting their technical staff.

The Commitment includes four key areas:

  • Visibility: Ensure that all technicians within the organisation are identifiable and that the contribution of technicians is visible within and beyond the institution.
  • Recogition: Support technicians to gain recognition through professional registration and external awards schemes.
  • Career development: Enable career progression opportunities for technicians through the provision of clear, documented career pathways.
  • Sustainability: Ensure the future sustainability of technical skills across the organisation and that technical expertise is fully utilised.

You can find out more about the Commitment on the Technicians Make It Happen website.

Our technicians' stories

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