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Durham University

Technician Commitment

A message to our Technicians

Dear Members of the Technical Staff
We continue to work within the shadow of the pandemic but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Our Technical staff continue to work tirelessly and have enabled facilities to operate and increased research productivity. Moreover, our technical teams are working closely with our Academic and Professional Services staff in preparation to welcome our new intake of students at the beginning of the academic year. As Chair of the Technician Commitment, I write again to thank all our Technical staff for your continued effort and contribution in supporting Durham University. Thank you.

The University continues to recognise the important value the work and contribution delivered by Technicians, and their essential role in partnership with our Academic and Professional Services staff. Please visit our website ( to see 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, particularly through the challenging times of the pandemic.The Technician Commitment Steering Group is currently working to produce a regular newsletter, support activities, and planning for another event for Technical Staff. Please expect to hear more from the Steering Group shortly.

Professor Stefan Przyborski
Chair Technician Commitment Steering Group


Outstanding Technician of the Year

(4 August 2021)

Outstanding Technician of the Year

This year again technicians will be recognised in the biggest celebration of UK higher education – the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards. Outstanding Technician of the Year opened for entries on 8 April 2021 and the deadline for entries was Wednesday 9 June 2021.

The award, sponsored by the Technician Commitment , will be given to an individual whose exceptional practical skills, commitment and vision have enabled the highest quality of teaching, research or knowledge transfer. 

The award is open to technicians working in any discipline in UK universities and research institutes. Entries are accepted from institutions, technicians themselves, their colleagues or students.

The following members of Technical staff from Durham University were nominated for the award by their departments :

Chemistry – Bryan Denton

Physics – Jason Anderson

Music – Simone Tarsitani

Psychology – Elaine Stanton, Andrew Long and Simon Thurbeck 

The 2021 shortlist will be published on 9 September 2021and the winners will be announced on 25 November 2021.