July 9, 2014, by Tara de Cozar
Calling all technicians! Are you interested in professional registration with the Science Council?
Technicians! The University’s Technical Focus Group are holding a professional registration event on Thursday 16 July.
The Institute of Science and Technology are hosting the event in the Trent Building — room B46 — and the session runs from 10am to 12noon. They say:
“The Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) and Registered Scientist (RSci) registers were launched by the UK Science Council in 2012 to create a framework of professional registration across the science workforce and recognise high standards of professionalism at all levels. With growing interest in the scheme from the UK Research Councils and HEFCE, registration as a professional technician/scientist is particularly relevant to technical staff working in higher education.
“University technical staff can learn more about the professional registers at this free event where Terry Croft MBE (Director of Technical Development and Modernisation – University of Sheffield) will explain the background, process and benefits of professional registration for university technicians. There will be an opportunity after the presentation to talk with technical staff who have undergone the registration process, to gain advice on individual applications and to find out more about how the University can support you in this.”
The event is free but places are limited – you can reserve a place by emailing TFG@nottingham.ac.uk
Technician Kelly Vere, who’s based in Life Sciences, runs the Technical Focus Group. We’ve blogged about Kelly and why the group started up before — post here. She thinks it’s important that technicians get professional recognition — both for themselves personally and for their institution.
“Technicians often have very specialist roles and work in environments that are dominated by other professions. It’s easy for us to forget that we have a professional identity too. Registration as a Chartered or Registered Scientist, or a Registered Science Technician, demonstrates our level of professionalism and provides colleagues, students, collaborators and funders with externally recognised quality assurance of our competencies as University of Nottingham technicians. On a personal level, it can help with career progression, development opportunities and open up a wide range of professional networking opportunities and resources. The Professional Registration workshop is the first event we have held for technicians across the University about the Science Council scheme and is a great opportunity to find out more!”
So, there you go. This is important — sign up for the event today.