What Talent is about

TALENT is a project which leads and influences change to advance status and opportunity for technical skills, roles and careers in UK Higher Education and research. It is led by the Midlands Innovation (MI) consortium of eight universities in collaboration with key stakeholder and industry partners. It is the largest ever investment into technicians in higher education, whose specialist skills often go unrecognised despite the crucial role they play in the success of universities and the growth of the UK economy.

TALENT is underpinned by a grant of more than £3 million from the Research England Development Fund. The rest of the funding will be provided by the consortium university members as well as key partners including the Science Council, Technician Commitment, Wellcome Trust, British Geological Survey, Manufacturing Technology Centre, Rolls-Royce Plc, Unilever, Thales Alenia Space, Cobra Biologics and Midlands Engine.

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Strategic insight into technical skills of the future

Technical Talent of the Future will use a commission approach to investigate the higher education sector’s future need for technical talent.

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Technicians as Partners

Changing Culture to Enable New Ways of Working

Technicians as Partners is made up of five projects to understand existing culture and then raise profile, opportunity, participation and representation of technical staff.

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Technical Training and Empowerment

We will deliver activities to support the career development of technical staff, taking the recommendations from the commission and working alongside the culture change projects.

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