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Technician Commitment: One year in

This video explores the impact of the Technician Commitment, one year after its inception.

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

Universities and research institutes are invited to become signatories of the Technician Commitment and to pledge action against the key challenges affecting their technical staff. The Commitment was launched in 2017 and identifies four target areas on which universities and research institutions are working to safeguard vital technical skills. It seeks to ensure greater visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability of technical skills for technicians across all disciplines. It also asks organisations to regularly assess the impact of actions taken to ensure their effectiveness.

Imperial's Technician Commitment

In May 2017, Imperial was one of 36 universities and research institutions from across the UK to back the pledge to support their technicians by becoming a founder signatory of the Technician Commitment. Three years on, over 90 institutions have signed up.

We are in the process of evaluating the impact of our stage 1 action plan and have created a new plan for the next 36 months. You can help shape the Technician Commitment at Imperial – use our virtual suggestion box to share your suggestions!

The Technician Commitment: One Year in

A report laying out the campaign’s key actions in its first year was published in November 2018. The Technician Commitment: One Year In report outlines key themes emerging across the sector in relation to technicians and documents progress made by Imperial and other signatories.