Edinburgh technicians shine light on role in Higher Education




Technical services colleagues from across Edinburgh universities came together recently to celebrate the first-year achievements of the Edinburgh Technical Collaboration.

Established in 2022, the collaboration was formed between Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Napier University, University of Edinburgh and Queen Margaret University to bring together the technical services community across the Capital and to explore opportunities for career development.

The collaboration has also introduced a mentoring and job shadowing initiative, enabling technical services colleagues to be matched with a mentor and/or job shadowing partner either within their own institution or at another.

At an event hosted by Edinburgh Napier University, more than 50 technical services colleagues from across partner institutions reflected on the success of this initiative. Among those sharing their insights were Russell Wilson and Finlay Wright, both from Heriot-Watt’s Sport & Exercise Science technical services team. 

Professor Mark Biggs, Vice-Principal and Provost of Heriot-Watt University, said: “This initiative is a crucial part of the institution’s support for our technical service staff, a group of colleagues who are integral to the success of our University, contributing significantly to the delivery of our exceptional teaching, research and enterprise activities.

"The opportunity for our technical staff to learn from counterparts in other HE institutions is invaluable and offers a unique chance to exchange insights, share experiences, and collectively enhance our knowledge base. This collaborative environment fosters innovation and strengthens our community. It’s right to acknowledge and celebrate their dedication and valuable contributions through this event, which I very much would like to see happen again annually."


Craig Philip

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