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Durham University

Technician Commitment

News

A message to our Technicians

Dear Members of the Technical Staff. The past year has been like no other and the corona virus infection has radically impacted on our lives and working patterns in many ways. Throughout the pandemic our Technical staff have been working tirelessly at the forefront, for example: working to prepare for lockdown; maintaining essential technical operations during lockdown; developing innovative new ways of working to enable research and education to continue; working with Health & Safety and facilities staff to prepare the safe re-opening and operation of buildings; and supporting the delivery of research and teaching as we re-open our departments in a Covid world. It is important to recognise and value the work and contribution delivered by Technicians, and their essential role in partnership with our Academic and Professional Services staff. Please find attached some of the many examples of where our Technicians have made important contributions to the operation of our departments and the delivery of research and education. As Chair of the Technician Commitment, I write to thank all our Technical staff for your tremendous efforts, significant contribution, and continued work in supporting Durham University.

Thank you

Professor Stefan Przyborski
Chair Technician Commitment Steering Group

Team Chemistry! Delivering our face-to-face teaching

It has been a challenging year. Careful planning was required for the delivery of our teaching and we committed to providing our students, at all year group levels, with some form of practical work at the start of this academic year.

(22 Mar 2021) » More about Team Chemistry! Delivering our face-to-face teaching


News Letter 2021

This newsletter includes details of the next Technician Commitment Signatory Event, information on a new national survey for the technical community, news about UKRI's new Technician Commitment Action Plan and support from the Royal Society, an update on the UK Higher Education Technicians Summit 2021 and the Papin Prizes, details of a new report to advance equality, diversity & inclusion in the technical community and news from the Science Council on their new programme of virtual professional registration workshops. 

(28 Feb 2021) » More about Technician Commitment - Working in Partnership


Physics Technicians Helping to Adjust to Covid-safe Working.

One of the key things the academic staff needed to discuss early in the lockdown was how to modify experiments so that they could be performed in a Covid-safe way while still providing a challenging experience for the student. The astronomy section is a good source of such projects since the telescopes can be used remotely from a number of covid-safe classrooms, the only requirement being a computer with a network link to the Astrolab network.

(23 Jan 2021) » More about One of the key things the academic staff needed to discuss early in the lockdown was how to modify experiments so that they could be performed in a Covid-safe way while still providing a challenging experience for the student. The astronomy section is a


Physics Mechanical Workshop Technicians Supporting Durham University Supercomputing in Covid Lockdown.

In mid-March 2020 the University took delivery of a new supercomputer into the Arthur Holmes Datacentre. Research councils included the facility in their list of funded resources that could be applied for to support coronavirus-related research.

(22 Jan 2021) » More about Physics Mechanical Workshop Technicians Supporting Durham University Supercomputing in Covid Lockdown.


Leadership and Management Skills for Technical Staff

27.01.2021 & 03.02.2021 10:00 am - 16:00 pm HEaTED 2 Days Online Course

More information from

(20 Jan 2021) » More about Leadership and Management Skills for Technical Staff


Continuing to work in partnership

Newcastle University will once again be hosting the Technician Commitment Working in Partnership virtual meeting on 2nd February 2021

(18 Jan 2021) » More about Technician Commitment - Working in Partnership Event (virtual), 2 Feb 2021,


Technicians confront Dawson Building Covid-19 concerns

The Dawson Building houses two departments Anthropology and Archaeology, the technicians from both departments Steve Robertson, Beth Upex, Vicky Garlick and Judith Manghan worked together to provide a seamless approach to the re-opening of both departments under phase 2 and 3.

(17 Jan 2021) » More about Technicians confront Dawson Building Covid-19 concerns


Three Phases, One Team: Engineering Technicians Respond to Covid-19

Technicians from the Department of Engineering at Durham University have been busy providing their usual high level of support throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. After intensive work to shut down the Department’s facilities safely as the pandemic took hold, the team began to look at how they would need to adapt to the situation they faced. 

(14 Dec 2020) » More about Three Phases, One Team: Engineering Technicians Respond to Covid-19


Amy Tate, Engineering technician

Amy Tate, dedicated electronics technicians in the Department of Engineering, designed and organised the production of specific 3D printed parts which reduced the skin irritation that NHS paramedics were suffering from due to prolonged mask-wearing.

(12 Dec 2020) » More about Amy Tate, Engineering technician


Physics Technicians Supporting the Department in Lockdown and Throughout the Covid Pandemic.

The Department of Physics closed due to the Covid 19 pandemic at the end of March 2020. Technical support played a vital role in shutting down facilities in the department prior to the lockdown and remained on call during lockdown to attend to facilities that needed to be kept running.

(11 Dec 2020) » More about Physics Technicians Supporting the Department in Lockdown and Throughout the Covid Pandemic.