TechNet Newsletter November/December 2015

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Welcome to the second TechNet e-newsletter

The e-newsletter will appear quarterly, generally after each TechNet event. This is your way to catch up on what's happening within the technical community at Sheffield. Take a look at what happened at the previous event and tell us what you want to see for future sessions.

TechNet News - our previous event
The Catalyst Project & TechNet Forum Launch

The most recent TechNet event focused on the HEFCE Catalyst Project.   Terry Croft (above) outlined the project and how we can influence and shape the future of the technicians of tomorrow. For those who were unable to attend and would like to find out more about this exciting new project, please visit the link for further information.

Some of the feedback received:
"I took away a better understanding of the Catalyst project and what it can do for me as a technician within the University"

The session provided "
a better understanding of the higher education sector and an introduction to some of the opportunities available to me for professional development."

"I was interested in the discussions about work shadowing, apprentices and the need to utilise skills at a University level (rather than just Departmental)"

News Flash - new IST President is out of this world!

University of Sheffield alumna and the first Briton to go into space Dr Helen Sharman OBE has been appointed as the new President of the Institute of Science & Technology (IST).

In her new role at the IST – the professional body for specialist, technical and managerial staff – Helen will be working closely with the University of Sheffield’s Terry Croft MBE. Terry is the current Chair of the IST and Director of Technical Development and Modernisation at the University.


Image Credit: Thomas Angus, College Photographer and Image Manager, Imperial College London

UoS technicians win Science Council CPD Awards

Congratulations to Lisa Hollands and Ben Palmer!

Lisa Hollands (Team Leader) and Ben Palmer (Research Technician), both from the Faculty of Engineering recently attended the Science Council Continual Professional Development Awards (CPD) in London.

Both received awards for their CPD entries in the Registered Scientist category. Ben was awarded best CPD return for his entry in the Registered Scientist category and Lisa received a highly commended award and delivered a presentation on her experiences of the continual professional development process.

Thinking about joining a professional body and becoming professionally registered? Give yourself the competitive edge and enhance your career progression. For further details go to the IST website:

The IST are currently looking to recruit assessors for professional registration. If you are CSci or Rsci registered and are interested in becoming an assessor the Science Council are holding an assessor training session on 23rd November 2015 at the Faculty of Engineering. Within this session there will also be refresher training for those who are already assessors (refresher training is not compulsory).  If you require further information or would like to book a place please contact Natalie Kennerley,

Learning and Teaching Professional Recognition Scheme

Learning and teaching is central to the work carried out at UoS. The University's Learning & Teaching Professional Registration Scheme (LTPRS) has been created to ensure all members of the University who teach or support learning have the opportunity to develop their practice and be recognised for this work whatever their role. The scheme is accredited by the Higher Education Council, for more details go to here.

TechNet "Special"

'Careering your way through life - do you plan it or just let it happen?'

Wed 25th Nov 2015 - Mappin Hall, Mappin Building 12.30-1.45pm

To celebrate thirty years of staff development at the University the staff development unit are hosting 30 days of events. TechNet is proud to be part of this festival and will be holding a special careers event as part of the celebrations.

 "Everybody wants to achieve the best in their career. Is there a perfect formulated way to reach this?  Or should we embrace and enjoy the journey, which can often be a crazy pathway?"

We explore this topic through diverse accounts of how technicians have become the people they are today. This workshop will include hands on thought provoking exercises which allow the individual to assess their own career situation and look at how best to achieve their next goal.

Register for this event

Christmas is coming!

TechNet Social 8th Dec 12.30-1.45pm, Mappin Hall, Mappin Building
Come and start the festive season with a mince pie! TechNet will be hosting a lunchtime social which will include a Christmas quiz and prizes. Look out for booking details which will be circulated soon!

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