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Technical Services Career Development

Technicians play a unique and vital role in the University. That's why we're delighted to offer tailored career development resources for our colleagues working as technicians in addition to the the general career development opporuntities and Resources Hub. The page explores the following subjects:

Supporting Career Development

Specific Specialisation Support

Connect with Colleagues

Edinburgh Technician's Collaboration ​

Napier is a member of the Edinburgh Technician's Collaboration, along with the University of Edinburgh, Heriot Watt University, and Queen Margaret University.

Through t​his collaboration a number of resources have been identified to help technical staff support their own career development depending on the area of expertise.

Technicians and technical staff play a vital role influencing the future of UK research, innovation and education. They inspire current and future generations of technical talent to realise their potential within technical careers, and help deliver transfer of knowledge, skills, and expertise from one generation to the next. The Talent Commission has developed Targeted Recommendations for the Technical Community on how staff can take advantage of future opportunities as the arise.

We are delighted to have four active mentoring relationships and four active job shadowing agreements in place as part of the collaboration. If you are interested in signing up as a mentor, mentee, visting another institution, or being a host within Napier then please email staffdevelopment@napier.ac.uk with your inquiry.


​​HEatEd is a leading organisation for Higher Education and Technical Educational Development, providing opportunities for the technical workforce to engage with CPD training, as well as delivering networking events for all specialties.

The Technical Development and Modernisation (TDM) toolkit was developed as part of the TDM project at the University of Sheffield in partnership with the National Technician Developm​ent Centre. The project, funded by HEFCE, aimed to produce some solutions to the issues affecting the technical workforce and service within the HE sector.

Technical Managers in Universities is an informal voluntary association of technical managers and supervisors working within engineering, technology & science to support a wide range of disciplines in Universities throughout the UK.

Technicians play a crucial and exciting role right across society. Technicians make the differents have free resources to support you to promote the world of technican careers.

There are also a number of organisations offering support for specific specialisations:

Our approach to Career Development supports you to identify your priorities and tailor your development accordingly. However, you are not doing this alone. We enable you to support each other through joining the relevant community: 

Become a STEM Ambassador: If you have a passion to inspire the next generation of STEM you can access training and join a community of like minded individuals.

The Royal Society of Chemistry Mentoring: Associate members, members and fellows of the Royal Sociaety of Chemistry, as well as anyone with RSciTech or Rsci status can become a mentee or mentor and work alongside someone else in the field of Chemistry.

University Bioscience Managers' Association: The University Bioscience Managers' Association is the organisation for Laboratory Superintendents and Managers in university biological, biochemical and life science departments, schools and faculties.

Association of Technical Staff in Psychology: The Association of Technical Staff in Psychology exists primarily to share knowledge between technicians working in Psychology and Psychology related departments in academi institutions.

Core Technologies for Life Sciences​: Core Technologies for Life Sciences is a networking non-profit association that brings together scientists, technical and administrative staff working across the world in core facilities, research infrastructures and other shared resource laboratories.