Celebrating Excellence: University of Leeds' Technicians Week
At the heart of all universities, there exists a team of dedicated professionals who often work behind the scenes, ensuring the smooth functioning of laboratories, studios, and facilities. These unsung heroes are none other than the university technicians. To honor their contributions and showcase their incredible work, the University of Leeds recently hosted a week-long technical celebration, aptly named Technicians Week. This event not only celebrated the invaluable work of these technicians but also provided them with opportunities for professional development and networking.
HEaTED: Championing Continuous Learning
Sam engaged with the university's technical staff, discussing the importance of continuous professional development (CPD) for technicians. The session provided insights into how these courses could benefit technicians in their careers. They learned about the various opportunities HEaTED offers to enhance their skills and knowledge, ultimately benefiting their institutions and students.
To give technicians a taste of what HEaTED has to offer, we also delivered two captivating taster sessions. These sessions allowed technicians to delve into the world of HEaTED's CPD, experiencing firsthand the technician-specific training available to them.
Showcasing Remarkable Work and Facilities
Technicians Week at the University of Leeds was not solely about discussions and training opportunities. It was also an occasion for technicians to showcase their extraordinary work and offer tours of their state-of-the-art facilities. Some highlights included:
TV Studio Set-up: The university's impressive TV studio setup, donated by Channel 4. Technicians demonstrated how they manage complex equipment to facilitate media production.
Media Suites: Participants had the chance to explore the university's media suites, gaining insights into how these spaces support various creative projects.
DNA Sequencing with NGS Facility: The NGS (Next-Generation Sequencing) Facility allowed technicians to showcase cutting-edge DNA sequencing technologies, illustrating their role in advancing research in genetics and genomics.
HELIX Virtual Reality Omnideck: Technicians demonstrated the HELIX Virtual Reality Omnideck, giving attendees a taste of the future of immersive virtual experiences.
Career Reflection Sessions: These sessions offered technicians a chance to reflect on their career journeys and gather insights from peers and mentors.
The Value of Events like Technicians Week
Events like Technicians Week are immensely valuable to technical staff, their teams, and the academic structures they support. They serve as a platform to recognize and appreciate the often-unvalued work of technicians. Furthermore, these events foster a sense of community among technicians and provide opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing. By hosting sessions about professional development, institutions like the University of Leeds underscore their commitment to nurturing the growth and expertise of their technical staff.