Research and engagement with technicians and the UK technical community

Research and engagement with technicians and the UK technical community

Through a range of activities, our research team has generated new knowledge and insight about technical skills, roles, and careers across UK higher education, research, and innovation.

Some of these are activities are summarised below:

  • In spring 2021, we launched the largest ever survey of UK technicians and technical staff. This survey explored a wide range of themes including technical roles and responsibilities, perceived value, representation of the technical voice, research culture, career opportunities, and skill needs of the future.
  • In spring/early summer 2021, we launched an Open Call for Views and Evidence across a range of themes relevant to technical workforces within UK higher education and research. This was open to any individuals, institutions, and/or groups throughout the sector.
  • In summer 2021, we launched a short survey to gather insight on how technicians are perceived by students and non-technical staff across UK higher education and research.
  • In summer 2021, we hosted a series of focus groups with technicians throughout the UK to further explore a range of themes including value, visibility, recognition, and opportunities.

We would like to thank everyone who has taken part in these, and similar, research activities. Your contributions will help form several different research and policy outputs, including a set of recommendations for the sector scheduled to be published later this year.

What's next?

Research collected on behalf of the TALENT Policy Commission will contribute to a flagship report with a set of recommendations for the sector. These will be presented to key figures within the sector and UK government, to help inform changes in policy relevant to the sector’s technical talent.

In addition, evidence from a range of sources will continue to be gathered and/or analysed ahead of publication of further research and policy outputs.

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