National award for Salford technician

Thursday 1 May 2014
Chet Narsih with Professor Iain Stewart.

A University of Salford technician has won a Higher Education Academy (HEA) STEM Technician of the Year Award yesterday (Wednesday 30 April) at a ceremony in Edinburgh.

Technicians have an important role to play in the smooth running of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) departments, and the award recognises Chet Narsih’s superb contribution to the education of students in the School of the Built Environment.

Chet began his career as a technician at the University of Salford in 1999. After five years he was promoted to Learning Resource Centre Manager, gaining invaluable expertise in information systems and digital design technologies.

In his current role as Specialist Technical Demonstrator, Chet provides support and services in 3D printing, laser cutting and computer numerical controlled (CNC) milling. He also assists in classroom teaching with computer-aided activities.

Chet’s working philosophy is that he is there to help students achieve their potential.  “Sometimes, good will and simple guiding advice is hugely appreciated,” he explains. “Often this is all it takes to improve students’ confidence which leads to greater success and the overall quality of learning experience.”

Janet De Wilde, Assistant Director (Scotland) and Head of STEM at the HEA, said: “As the national body for enhancing learning and teaching in higher education, the HEA recognises that technicians, in the field or in the laboratory, have a very important role in supporting the student learning experience.

“These awards celebrate this role and the significant contribution of technicians to learning and teaching, which is often not widely known or recognised outside of their own institutions.”

Professor Iain Stewart, Professor of Geoscience Communication at University of Plymouth, and presenter of the BBC series Earth, presented the awards at the University of Edinburgh.