July 1, 2015, by Michael Jennings

Celebrating the work of technicians at the 2015 Higher Education Technicians’ Summit

On Tuesday 30 June, The University of Nottingham hosted the inaugural Higher Education Technicians’ Summit.

@UoNResearch tweeted live from the summit, and we’ve collected highlights from the day in our Storify below. This included the award ceremony for the Papin Prizes, and keynote speeches from:

  • Dr Helen Sharman OBE – first Briton in space, now Technical Manager at Kingston University
  • Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya Kt CBE FREng FRS – Professor of Manufacturing and Chairman of the Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick, Trustee of the Institute for Public Policy Research
  • Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor, University of Nottingham

Read through our Storify online or as a slideshow below for a closer look at the day’s events. You can also scroll down for a full list of Papin Prize winners, and a video outlining the crucial work that technicians do here at the University.

Papin Prize results 2015

Contribution to Infrastructure – Robert Johnson, University of Warwick

Contribution to Research – Lisa Storer, University of Nottingham

Contribution to Teaching – Charlie Bland, Aston University and the Warwick University Satellite Team

Facility & Equipment Management – Mike Beard, University of Nottingham

Leadership – Carl Hingley, University of Birmingham

Working with Business – Val Street, University of Nottingham

Newcomer – Justyna Janus, University of Leicester

Special Award for Community – Aziza Alibhai, University of Nottingham

Special Award for Outreach – Neil Barnes, University of Nottingham

Lifetime Achievement Award – Vicky Wilson University of Nottingham

Vicky Wilson has worked with Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys and made a pivotal contribution in the discovery of the technique now known as DNA fingerprinting. DNA fingerprinting revolutionised the way in which police investigate crime and Victoria’s contribution was recently portrayed in the recent ITV drama Code of a Killer starring David Threlfall, John Simm and Lydia Rose Brewley, who portrayed the character of Victoria.

Raising the profile of technicians

For more information about the work of technicians at The University of Nottingham and an interview from Professor Sir David Greenaway, watch our video:

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