I joined the University in 2012 as the soils technician in Architecture & Civil Engineering. Since then I've moved into the role of Technical Manager and am responsible for the technical staff and facilities within Mechanical Engineering and Architecture & Civil Engineering. This involves a range of activities from training and development, supervision and recruitment of staff, to coordinating building work within the departments. I'm also the safety coordinator for both departments as part of my role, so advise on H&S matters and organise regular safety inspections of the facilities. I've recently become a registered trainer for IOSH in order to deliver their courses in-house.
I've also been involved with teaching since starting at Bath, and particularly enjoy leading part of the second year undergraduate Civil Engineering field trip. I was pleased to achieve Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2019 in recognition of my contribution to teaching, and I'm now keen to encourage more technical staff to pursue Fellowship to demonstrate the contribution they make.
One of my key interests is in raising the profile of technical staff, and I was delighted to be asked to lead on the Technician Commitment when we signed up to this in 2018. The contribution of technical staff has often been overlooked and it's encouraging to see this now changing. The Technician Commitment aims to address some of the challenges facing technicians in higher education and research through focussing on four key areas: visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability.
We submit our 24 month action plan in December 2019, but have already made lots of progress. A couple of highlights include the technicians blog, on which we have been showcasing the careers of a range of technical staff, and the first ever conference for technical staff in June 2019.