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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


Royal Institution Christmas Lectures - Placement Opportunity for Technical Colleagues

(18 August 2021)

The Technician Commitment is delighted to announce that we are once again partnering with the Royal Institution to offer two placements for technicians from Technician Commitment Signatory Institutions to work on the 2021 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures and applications are open now! 


Started by Michael Faraday (who began his career as a technician at the Royal Institution) in 1825, and now broadcast on national television every year, the Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures are the UK's flagship science series. The Technician Commitment have teamed up with the Royal Institution to offer technical colleagues at signatory institutions the opportunity to work on the 2021 Christmas Lectures. Title and presenters of this year’s Christmas Lectures to be announced shortly.


Colleagues have the opportunity to go on placement to the Royal Institution to work as a runner on the programmes when they are filmed later this year. Tasks include working with the Royal Institution's scientific props team and art department and supporting the camera crews and production team. Travel expenses and accommodation costs for those that live outside of central London will be provided. This offers a unique development opportunity for technical colleagues to gain insight and experience of science communication on a high profile stage. 

 The Royal Institution are looking for colleagues:

  • With experience making props, equipment or exhibits out of fabric or wood
  • Who have excellent attention to detail
  • Who have a willingness to take responsibility for finding solutions to problems
  • Who are adaptable and willing to work in a team to meet immovable deadlines
  • Who are not afraid to ask questions to get a full understanding of specifications

To apply, please send a CV and an expression of interest (up to one page), with details of why you're suitable for the role to by September 1st 2021

This is a 4-week continuous placement that will take place between 15 November 2021 and 18 December 2021 – we will confirm dates at the interview stage


Interviews for the placements will take place with the Royal Institution team (virtually) from Wednesday 15 September

For further details on the experience please take a look at the blogs by the technicians who received the Technician Commitment Royal Institution placements in previous years. and

Further information on previous Royal Institution Christmas Lectures can be found here.