Nominations open for THE’s Outstanding Technician of the Year 2024

The Technician Commitment is thrilled to once again sponsor the Outstanding Technician of the Year category at this year’s Times Higher Education Awards.

The annual Times Higher Education (THE) Awards celebrate excellence across UK higher education. The Technician Commitment has proudly sponsored the category of Outstanding Technician the Year for the past six years.

Having a category recognising excellence in technical careers as part of such prestigious higher education awards supports the Technician Commitment’s aims to drive visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technical staff and careers.

This award will be given to an individual whose exceptional practical skills, commitment and vision have enabled the highest quality teaching, research or knowledge transfer. It is open to technicians working in any discipline in UK or Irish universities and research institutes. Entries will be accepted from institutions, technicians themselves, their colleagues or students, but in all cases testimonies must form part of the supporting documentation.

Submissions may address some or all of the following:

  • A technician's essential contribution to a project or ongoing piece of work. How was the impact evaluated?
  • How the nominee works with academics, students and others to build a strong working environment in which all parties thrive.
  • If innovations or efficiencies have been delivered, tell us how this has been done.
  • Beyond the day-to-day role, has the nominee been involved in building a strong community of technicians within an institution, or undertaken other activities in line with the aims of the Technician Commitment?
  • Does the nominee represent technical staff on institutional committees or boards? If so, explain how they have successfully brought the technician's voice to its decision-making.

The THE Awards are free to enter and open to anyone involved in higher education across the UK and Ireland. Nominations are open now until 10 June and the winners will be revealed at an evening awards ceremony on Thursday 26 November 2024 at the ICC Birmingham.

Do you work with a technician whose hard work, innovation and collaboration deserves recognition. Are you that technician? If so, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Visit the THE Awards website to learn more.

View past winners here.

Watch our interview with last year's winner, Jason Daff from the University of York: