Technicians from Scottish universities have gathered at the University of Glasgow for the first-ever Central Scotland Technical Conference.
The Scottish Government’s Minister for Higher and Further Education, Graeme Dey MSP, attended the conference and addressed the 250 attendees at the University’s Hunter Halls today (Tuesday 6 June 2023).
The conference is the first large-scale meeting for technicians from universities across the central belt. The group plans to use the conference as the beginning of a journey towards creating a Scottish Technical Network which unites universities across central Scotland.
The event was organised by the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh as part of the Technician Commitment.
The Technician Commitment, established in 2017, is a UK-wide initiative to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for all technicians working in higher education and research across all disciplines.
Technicians from the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh were joined by colleagues from Edinburgh Napier, Queen Margaret, Heriot-Watt, Stirling, Strathclyde, the University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian University and the Glasgow School of Art.
The day’s events included presentations on Technician Commitment success stories from Scottish universities, discussions on future collaborations, a poster competition, sessions on career management, and a keynote speech from Dr Alison McIntosh, director of the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance.
Professor Frank Coton, Senior Vice Principal and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), is chair of the University of Glasgow’s Technician Commitment steering group. He opened the conference with a speech to attendees.
The Technician Commitment is led by a steering board of sector bodies, with support from the Science Council and the Gatsby Foundation.