UCL Human Resources


Opportunities for technical staff

Professional development for technical staff and professional registration with the Science Council.

UCL employs approximately 1000 highly skilled technical staff with a diverse range of expertise essential to delivering the university’s research, education and knowledge transfer mission.

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To recognise the contribution made by this group of staff, the university has signed up to the sector wide campaign led by the Science Council, called the Technician Commitment, which aims to ensure visibility, training and career development for technicians working in all disciplines. The Science Council has identified a need for greater coordination and collective action across the sector to improve the status and profile of technicians and to ensure sustainability of the technical workforce in academia and research.

An important first step at UCL is to establish a Community of Practice which will bring together technicians from across university to enhance professional identity, share knowledge and learning and help make improvements in work practices. 

With such a diverse range of expertise, we and will start by bring together technicians whose work is directly related to one or more of the following areas of specialism to better understand career and training needs:

  • Laboratory (Science technicians)
  • Engineering (Engineering technicians)
  • Technology (ICT technicians)

It is likely that more technical Communities of Practice will emerge as work in this area matures.

Preparations to establish Communities of Practice are well underway, if you would like to get involved, please contact Alice Chilver, Head of Communities of Practice.

Professional development for technical staff at UCL

  • Higher Education Technical Education and Development (HEaTED)
    UCL has subscribed to HEaTED so you can access over 200 specialist technical skills courses at subsidised prices. Details of courses and resources can be found on the HEaTED website

  • Technical staff enhancing the student experience
    A number of technical staff regularly support student learning at UCL, and Arena Open is designed to formally recognise teaching expertise by awarding various levels of Fellowships of the Higher Education Academy.  These awards are made on the basis of your successful experience of teaching, supporting students’ learning or leading an aspect of education at UCL which includes assisting in research projects and laboratory classes. 

Professional Registration

What is Professional Registration?

Professional registration with the Science Council provides recognition of your professional expertise. Registration provides independent accreditation of competence and is widely recognised by employers.

Formal recognition is at a number of different levels and there is a clear pathway to becoming a Chartered Scientist.

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