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Durham University

Technician Commitment

A message to our Technicians

Dear Members of the Technical Staff

As we slowly recover from the depthsof the pandemic and return to some degree of normality, I would like once again to acknowledge and thank the outstanding work of our technical staff. There are multiple examples of our technical staff playing essential roles in supporting the return of research and education towards normal capacity, this in conjunction with the normal dutiesour staff perform. 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 Technician Commitment Steering Group has been working hard on your behalf, with members developing support activities, producing newsletters and planning for future in-person events. I am pleasedto confirm that we are planning future networking activities for our technical staff, where colleagues can meet, share views, and get to know one another more over refreshments. In addition, we are planning for the next annual meeting of the technical staff which will be similar to the highly successful event we ran prior to lockdown. The pandemic has essentially delayed our ability to run such an interactive meeting, but now I am pleased to say that this isnow planned to happen in June 22. The meeting will be opened by our new Vice Chancellor, Professor Karen O’Brien, and followed by presentations from internal and external speakers on matters related to our technical staff. Please look out for announcements by email and on our website for more information about these meetings, and I look forward to seeing you there.

Professor Stefan Przyborski

Chair Technician Commitment Steering Group

Dean of Infrastructure


News


A few fine examples of “Technicians make it happen”!

(7 March 2022)

Covid–19 has changed the way we all have had to work, and the Technical Team have been a big part of this change for the Psychology department.

Being unable to host visitors, the Psychology department needed to re-evaluate how to attract prospective students and world leading researchers. The Technical Team proposed purchasing cameras, lights, and audio equipment to create high-quality promotional footage for the department.

Using this new equipment, the Technical team have now produced a wide range of videos for academic and student recruitment, research projects, induction tours, and teaching presentations.