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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


Puzzle Box

(6 March 2022)

The Psychology Technical team have also been quite busy making a puzzle box! For Apes! Our super researchers are looking at how bonobo apes cooperate and use communication to coordinate their cooperation. 

They needed some bespoke apparatus designed and built for the apes to use, so they asked, and we did!

For this puzzle box, the apes have to partner up to pull ropes together, at the same time, in order to receive a treat located inside the box - the treat hole only opens when they work together. Being very smart, it seems the bonobo apes worked this out straight away and are now queuing to have a go! Here’s some photos of the box and it on the lorry being sent to France.