Technicians' Network Updates August 2023

The Technicians’ Network at the University of Leeds is run for technicians, by technicians and we welcome involvement from all technical staff.

This includes technical specialists in faculties, Facilities Directorate, IT Teams, and colleagues with technical skills and responsibilities that fall outside of formal technical structures.

The Technicians’ Network aims to support the technical community through regular networking activities, Technically Speaking news articles and regular communication. Technicians, technical specialists and managers of technical staff are welcome to join our TEAMS Technicians’ Network.

In 2018 the University pledged to support the Technician Commitment for any technical staff based in faculties. The Technician Commitment is a university and research institution initiative, that aims to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research, across all disciplines. The University of Leeds employs nearly 400 technicians, based in faculties (both on and off campus) who provide a variety of specialist skills and knowledge that enhances the teaching and research capabilities of our institution.

Key projects 

Technician Survey

From Monday 4 – Friday 29 September 2023 we will be asking all technical staff in faculties to complete the NTDC Skills, Roles and Responsibilities survey. The project is being led for Technicians by Technicians and will give us a greater understanding of our technical community here at Leeds, helping us to identify who we are, where we are based, the contributions we make, and what we do on a day-to-day basis. It will also allow us to develop tailored training and career development opportunities for technicians across the University. 

A huge thank you to those technicians who took part in the pilot last month and those who helped to compile skill sets. Your invaluable contributions means that we have been able to tailor the survey so that it meets the needs of our university. 

Watch a video to find out more about the survey and the progress we’re making and to hear voices from across our technical community explaining what the survey will bring. 

Full information will be circulated by email. If you have any queries regarding the survey, please read our FAQs. If your query is not covered, please contact the Survey Working Group on

Technicians Week: 18-22 September 2023 

We are organising a week of development activities for Technicians in September. The programme will be announced shortly and includes a ‘TechExchange’, a Technicians Showcase event on Thursday 21 September, tours of Technician run spaces across the University, career development workshops, sustainability events, and more! Please ‘save the dates’ and keep a look out for the programme. For more information about the week contact Maria Stopyra at

Contact your faculty Technician Champion 

For technicians based in faculties your first point of contact should be your Technician Champion:

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures 

Faculty of Biological Sciences 

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences 

Faculty of Medicine and Health  

Find the Technicians’ Network on Twitter

For all other enquiries including IT and FD technicians please contact Jennie Hibbard at

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