University of Edinburgh Technicians

University of Edinburgh Technicians

Blogs by Technicians Sharing Experiences, Best Practice and More

On September 18th the annual Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Technical Conference was held in Birmingham and I was one of a small number of attendees from the University of Edinburgh. The IST is an independent body which is firmly committed to the enhancement of professional development and recognition for technical and specialist staff […]

The 4th Technician Commitment signatory event was an opportunity for signatories to come together to share ideas and their experiences of the Technician Commitment so far – what is working, successful and to be celebrated and what is more challenging and requires further effort, resource and perhaps a re-think. The event also saw 8 new […]

There’s a whirlwind out there.   Add to the many things that you do already and help others with, what more can you fit in ?   Everyone feels stretched at times and it’s so important that whilst doing your role well you also feel you are gaining recognition whether that’s a word of thanks or praise […]

The first TechNet event for Edinburgh University technicians based at the Western General Campus took place on Thursday the 13th of June. What is TechNet I hear you ask?   TechNet is an opportunity for you to join a group that feeds in to a larger network of University of Edinburgh technicians. TechNet meetings are […]

I left University with a lower than desired grade, and after becoming a wet-lab technician, I was unaware of any opportunity to be assessed for expertise. No one has ever marked my ability to produce a clear image showing DNA fragments on an agarose gel, nor tested my ability to troubleshoot a faulty gel-tank. I […]

Spring has sprung here at the Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility and at the Genetics Core excitement grows as that means it’s time for another Team Away Day. Can you hear the groans as the thought of Team Building resonates through the laboratory? Alas! What a great day it was.   Similar to last year, the […]

Excerpt reposted from the Spring 2019 edition of the Bulletin  

What is self-directed learning? The most commonly accepted definition of self-directed learning (SDL) is that outlined by Malcolm Knowles, back in 1975: ”In its broadest meaning, self-directed learning describes a process in which individuals take the initiative, with or without the help of others, in diagnosing their learning needs, formulating learning goals, identifying human and […]

  We had our QMRI TechNet launch last Thursday with representatives from TSSG (Natalie Homer), central HR (Joanna Fairweather), IAD (Nicola Cuthbert), Go Abroad (Lesley Balharry), Athena Swan (Carmel Moran) and Sustainability (Andrew Arnott) delivering us much sought after information and resources.  The aim of the meeting was to bring together the technical community across […]

As a member of the Technicians Support Steering Group, the Launch Event of Edinburgh University’s Technicians Commitment at McEwan Hall on the 5th of December was a fantastic day, and I was so proud to see our year’s work and effort rewarded with so many engaged and enthused technicians attending. It was such a fantastic […]


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