Technicians at Salford make it happen
Technicians at Salford are at the heart of everything we do – they’re key to every piece of research, every innovation, and have in some way helped every student at Salford to learn and graduate. Technicians are a highly valuable part of our university team.
That’s why we’ve joined the Technician Commitment – ensuring that the hundreds of highly-skilled technicians at Salford get the recognition they deserve, and that we remain at the forefront of change, industry and innovation.
What do Salford technicians do?
Our team of technicians build new aircraft engines, they undertake laboratory research to help find cures for diseases, and engage in world-leading commercial research for energy efficiency – technicians at Salford are behind the scenes of everything we do, every day.
There are over 150 technicians working at Salford currently, they come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and bring unique experience which makes them a vital part of the university’s team. Through joining the Technician Commitment, we will ensure that all technicians are visible, and that their contribution is recognised – both within Salford, and the wider impacts of their world globally.
What difference will the Technician Commitment make?
Technicians at Salford are specialists in their field, whether that’s Biomedical Sciences, Broadcast Media Production, Radiography, Acoustics, Wildlife or Information Technology – technicians contribute to education and research across every department, and often bring a huge amount of insight from backgrounds in industry.
As part of the Technician Commitment, we’re supporting technicians at Salford to gain recognition through professional registration, and we’re also working to increase the number of technicians who are referenced on research papers – helping to recognise the level that Salford technicians are working at, and the unique insight that they bring to the university.
What are the career opportunities for technicians at Salford?
Our technicians all have specialist knowledge and professional practice – many come from industry and may have worked in areas including engineering, film and media production, theatre and clinical research. Many technicians also work at a senior level alongside our teaching and research staff, enabling students to get the most from their university experience.
We value the insights that technicians bring to Salford, and as part of the Technician Commitment we’re working to improve career progression for technicians, including creating opportunities to move into academia, research and gain new or additional qualifications.
Simply put, it’s our job to help Salford’s technicians to achieve the next stage in their career – just as it’s their job to be the technical infrastructure, working behind the scenes, to ensure we can continue to provide the best university experience to our students.
How can we inspire the next generation of technicians?
Through joining the Technician Commitment, we’re driving the professionalisation of technical roles through professional registration, recognition, career development, and through inspiring the next generation to consider a technical career.
We’re working to ensure that technicians are recognised on research papers, and that they’re able to bring their unique technical and industry experience to benefit students through demonstrating, influencing research and working alongside our teaching staff.
We’re also investing in the next generation of technicians through creating apprenticeships and by offering work experience and specialist technical workshops to local college students – giving young people the opportunity to experience the exciting projects technicians at Salford make happen, every day
University of Salford Action plan
Our Technician Commitment is a driving tool to develop and enhance technicians. It’s vital our Technician Commitment Action Plan reflects the needs of our technicians. The actions in this plan are all determined, and importance voted for by technicians Our Technician Commitment is a driving tool to develop and enhance technicians. It’s vital our Technician Commitment Action Plan reflects the needs of our technicians. The actions in this plan are all determined and importance voted for by technicians.
There are many exciting opportunities for a technician at Salford. The University supports your development, but we also encourage technicians to develop their own growth through sharing ideas, reflection, and through seeking out new information which can support continuous development - We’d encourage you to find what helps you to learn and progress the most.
We also support career progression through:
- Designing learning experiences and events
- Providing specialist workshops
- Funding some types of accredited learning or courses
- Providing expertise around coaching and mentoring
- Associate Fellowship applications to the Higher Education Authority (HEA)
If you have any queries about how to progress your career as a technician at Salford, we recommend that you first chat to your line manager. You can also have a look at the National Technician Development Centre and HEaTED, for access to information, expertise and tools all created to support career progression for technicians.
The career paths that technicians take vary widely; some technicians may have started a career as a trainee or apprentice, and others may have a degree, masters or PhD - there are also those who have come to a technical role from a career in industry. The important work that technicians do is equally diverse as their career paths.
We want to support all Salford technicians to gain professional registration.
Registration gives you:
The chance to benchmark your skills against a global standard
Recognition of your experience and better career prospects
Transferability of your skills to other roles of organisations
Improved job satisfaction and ongoing development
If you have any queries about professional registration first chat to your line manager.
The National Technician Development Centre and the Institute of Science & Technology can also provide advice and guidance on professional registration.