University of Nottingham to host UK’s higher education technicians in 2021

The UK Higher Education Technicians Summit (HETS) coming to Nottingham next June

The University of Nottingham will host the fourth UK Higher Education Technicians Summit (HETS) on Wednesday 23 June 2021.

The country’s biggest ever conference for university technicians is dedicated to sharing best practice amongst the roughly 30,000 technicians currently working in research, teaching, knowledge transfer and innovation at UK universities.

Many of these are also researchers and educators, teaching and training students and researchers at every level.

The conference focuses on hot topics in the field as well as broader issues around technical skills and education, including the importance of technicians in driving forward innovation, and the latest initiatives to ensure the future provision of technical education to young people.

HETS also hosts the national ‘Papin Prizes’ for technical excellence in academia to technicians in a range of categories, including teaching, research, infrastructure, outreach and more.

The roles that technicians do, usually behind the scenes, are vital in ensuring the success of our universities and research institutes

“I know it’s an event that colleagues value and enjoy,” said Kelly Vere, director of technical skills and strategy at The University of Nottingham, who leads Midlands Innovation’s programmes for the technical community.

“Through initiatives like HETS and also the recently announced TALENT programme, we are ensuring increased professional development opportunities for technical colleagues across the region, the wider UK and beyond.”

Kelly Vere, University of Nottingham

Dr Helen Turner, director of event sponsors Midlands Innovation, said: “The roles that technicians do, usually behind the scenes, are vital in ensuring the success of our universities and research institutes, providing academic, research and student colleagues with the essential technical expertise that they need to enable their research and teaching.

“HETS is an opportunity to celebrate the work of technicians, while also helping to develop their skills, and giving them the opportunity to network with each other, making invaluable new contacts in the technician community.”

Registrations for HETS 2021 and the nominations for the 2021 Papin Prizes will open in autumn 2020, but technicians can sign-up for updates now.

HETS 2021 will take place at the East Midlands Conference Centre on University Park campus, and is sponsored by Midlands Innovation in partnership with the Science Council. Previous years’ events have been held at Birmingham in 2019, Warwick in 2017, and in Nottingham in 2015.

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