Technicians Development

Technicians at Leeds

As part of our University’s strategy, we want to attract, retain and develop the very best people and teams. Our technician team has more than 400 technicians across each of our faculties.

At Leeds we are committed to the Science Council’s Employer Champion programme. This means we have agreed to champion the value of professional registration and ensure you have access to continuing professional development opportunities.  You can find out more about the range of development opportunities available to you below.

In addition to the Science Council’s Employer Champion programme, we have also signed up to the Technician Commitment:

The Technician Commitment is a university and research institution initiative, led by a steering group of sector bodies, with support from the Science Council and also the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Technicians ‘Make It Happen’ campaign. The Commitment consequently aims to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working across all disciplines in higher education and research . Furthermore, universities and research institutes are invited to become signatories of the Technician Commitment and pledge action on the key challenges faced by their technical staff.

Please view our Technician Commitment 5-year Action Plan below, and the accompanying Review letters from the Technicians Commitment Steering Board:

Our development for technicians

HEaTED workshops

We are a member of Higher Education and Technician’s Educational Development (HEaTED.) This provides a range of specialist development workshops aimed specifically at technical staff. As a member of University staff, you are also eligible for a course fee discount.

Additional resources

Partnership Awards 2021

Please join us in celebrating the success of technical staff who were nominated and received Partnership Awards 2021

Category winners:

  • FoE Faculty Partnership Award Winner (Group) – Food Science and Nutrition Technical Team (Teaching)
    Miles Ratcliffe (Technical Manager), Joanne Brown (Teaching Labs Manager), Amie Lister (Laboratory Teaching Technician), Ian Hardy (Laboratory Teaching Technician), Tabitha Howe (Laboratory Teaching Assistant)
  • FoE Innovation Award Winner (Group) – Food Science and Nutrition Technical Team (Teaching)
    Joanne Brown (Teaching Labs Manager), Amie Lister (Laboratory Teaching Technician), Ian Hardy (Laboratory Teaching Technician), Tabitha Howe (Laboratory Teaching Assistant)

Nominated and Commended:

  • EPS Innovation Award – Dr Peter Hine (Lab Manager), Angela Beddows (Teaching Lab Technician) and Yasir Khan (Teaching Lab Technician) – School of Physics and Astronomy
  • FoE Positive Impact Award  – Miles Ratcliffe (Technical Manager, FS&N)


  • Well done to all technical staff who were nominated for awards not mentioned above. With nearly 2200 nominations across the University the competition was really tough! Miles Ratcliffe , Joanne Brown , Amie Lister , Ian Hardy , Tabitha Howe , Sara Viney , Jo Sier , Nataricha Phisarnchananan , Neil Rigby, Lilla Orban, Andrew Hobson, Linda Forbes

Please get in touch if you were nominated or received an award that we are not aware of. We would like to ensure that everyone is recognised, but rely on you sharing your good news with us.

Find out more

If you have any questions about the above or our technicians’ development please contact us at

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