HEaTED is the leading organisation for Higher Education and Technician Educational Development, delivering skills, training and networking for all specialisms and disciplines of the technical workforce.

Firth Court, University of Sheffield

As the National Technician Development Centre’s (NTDC) training arm, HEaTED offers CPD courses and networking opportunities specifically designed for individuals in the technical community, aiming to develop technical staff, no matter their discipline or stage of their career.

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A scoping project commenced in 2001 to explore technical learning and development provision in HE as the sector was in decline and skills shortages were foreseen. The Institute of Science & Technology (IST) officially commenced the work, receiving funding from the Leadership Foundation led by Matt Levi, John Robinson and Bob Hardwick.

Following activities and growth, the IST also secured HEFCE (now the Office for Students) funding which brought visibility and greater purpose for HEaTED, to provide for the needs of the community by offering learning, recognition and development. Over the next few years, the Gatsby Foundation also provided resources to deliver the programme through its generous funding programme.

HEaTED is part of the White Rose University Consortium (made up of its three partners, The University of Leeds, Sheffield and York). Prior to returning to the University of Sheffield in 2020, HEaTED became part of STEM Learning at York (formerly known as MyScience Learning). 

In March of 2020, it was decided that HEaTED would move back to The University of Sheffield to become the training arm of the NTDC. 

HEaTED continuously dedicates its time and resources to supporting Higher Education Technical Services by listening to the real time feedback from the sector. We continue to adapt our services accordingly and support our members to overcome the challenges we face together through sharing of knowledge, networking and personal development.