• RMS and BioImagingUK firmly behind Technician Commitment
    RMS President Grace Burke

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RMS and BioImagingUK firmly behind Technician Commitment

Jun 24 2022

The Royal Microscopical Society (RMS) and BioImagingUK have both proudly announced their support for the Technician Commitment, with aims to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research, across all disciplines.

A university and research institution initiative, the Technician Commitment is led by a steering board of sector bodies, with support from the Science Council and the Gatsby Foundation’s Technicians Make It Happen campaign.

Universities and research institutes are invited to become signatories of the Technician Commitment and pledge action against the key challenges affecting their technical staff.

RMS President Grace Burke commented: “Technical and support staff play a tremendous role in scientific and microscopy-related research, not only in terms of laboratory support, but also through their contributions to the research itself.  Their invaluable expertise, knowledge and skill can sometimes be overlooked, and it is right that research institutes and other organisations should pledge action to address the needs of those working in these roles, ensuring their skills and professional development are a firm priority. We are proud to sign up to this excellent initiative.

“The technical community enables world leading research, teaching and knowledge exchange,” said Kelly Vere MBE, Programme Director, Technicial Comittment. “Technical colleagues ensure accuracy, rigour and development of key technologies, particularly in imaging and microscopy. We’re delighted to welcome the Royal Microscopical Society and BioImagingUK to our community of Technician Commitment Supporters and Signatories and we look forward to working with them to advance visibility, recognition and opportunity for the technical community across UK research, education and innovation.”

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