News and Events
Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship Scheme – Project Launch Meeting
As part of our Technician Commitment, Imperial has pledged to establish a laboratory technician apprenticeship scheme to complement our existing mechanical, electronics and mechatronics and maintenance engineering schemes.
A meeting to launch the project will be taking place on Monday 9 September from 14:00 to 15:30 in South Kensington and technical staff and managers who would like to get involved are encouraged to attend. We will share a general overview of apprenticeships (what they are, how they are funded, how to go about setting them up, etc.) and the options currently available for laboratory technician apprentices (e.g. level, duration, cost, training providers). There will also be an opportunity to learn about the College’s established schemes, as well as hearing directly from two Laboratory Technician Apprentices visiting from King’s College London.
Technicians' Network Summer Event 2019
This year’s Technicians’ Network Summer Event was held at 170 Queen’s Gate on 23 July and brought together more than sixty technicians from seventeen departments across College for an engaging day of discussion, networking and speakers. The programme included a session on mental health awareness for technical staff, a lively discussion forum on the staff survey results and a talk on technical career pathways, within and beyond Higher Education. We were delighted to welcome Anne Barrett, College Archivist and Corporate Records Manager, for the keynote speech on the history of technicians at Imperial. There was also a small exhibition, where technicians had the opportunity to find out more about learning and development opportunities at the College, volunteering, professional registration and trade union membership.
Technicians to build international links through Imperial-TUM seed fund
Allison Hunter, Technical Operations Manager in the Department of Life Sciences, has been successful in her application for funding from the Imperial-TUM Collaboration Fund to share best practice and knowledge in supporting technical staff with counterparts at the Technical University of Munich. Imperial College London and the Technical University of Munich have committed to developing ever-closer ties through a series of new institutional collaborations. Seed funding from this new collaboration fund will allow Allison to visit and engage with technical staff in Munich and to host a visit to Imperial.
Nick Wood receives a Julia Higgins Award
Many congratulations to Nicholas Wood, Programme Manager – Data, for the Faculty of Medicine, who has received a Julia Higgins Award in recognition of three major contributions: tackling bullying and harassment, transforming the provision of mentoring for staff, and improving training in equality and diversity. Nick joined Imperial ten years ago as a Technician and moved through a number of positions before taking up his current post. He has shown great commitment to improving diversity at the College and to using data to create a fairer working environment.
NHLI's Lisa Ingram awarded Queen's Volunteer Reserves Medal
Many congratulations to Lisa Ingram, a Laboratory Manager in the National Heart and Lung Institute, who was named in the Military Division of the Queen’s birthday honours list to receive a Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medal, a meritorious award for members of any rank of the Volunteer Reserve Forces, for devotion to duty and exemplary service that has been of particular value and an outstanding example to others. Lisa is the first soldier from her regiment to receive this accolade and will be going to Buckingham Palace in the Autumn for the Investiture.
Previously in the news
- 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.
- Steve Ramsey, a Registered Scientist (RSci) who has worked with glass for 50 years, retired in June from creating bespoke scientific equipment.
Lord Sainsbury was a special guest at the opening ceremony of the National Technician Development Centre for Higher Education at the University of Sheffield. The centre will provide higher education institutions with access to information, expertise and tools that will enable them to create a sustainable future for their technical staff and services.
- The Technicians' Portal brings together the support and development opportunities Imperial offers to its technical staff.
- An academic leader who has championed diversity at Imperial and a senior technician have both been recognised in the Queen's birthday honours list.
- Workshop technicians Giovanni Marinaro & Robert Sherer celebrated completing their apprenticeships at a special presentation by Provost James Stirling.
- Imperial became a founding signatory of the Science Council's Technician Commitment. The Commitment is a sector-wide initiative to help address key challenges facing technical staff working in universities.