This page provides resources for technicians who are looking for training courses to increase their skills or CPD. If you have resources that you would like to share on this page, please contact us.
The Skills Builder Universal Framework shows how to build essential skills at every stage of life. The Skills Builder tool encourages everyone, no matter how much experience they have, to take a look. Wherever you are in your education or career journey, it’s always worth it to finesse and continue to build on the skills that you have. Read more about its relevance to technicians on the Technicians Make It Happen blog.
This UKSPA webinar with an expert panel will debate the government’s exit strategy, the partial loosening of lockdown, its implications and best practice in returning to the workplace and the ‘new normal’. It will take place on 14 May at 12 noon. Click the link above to register for free!
Universities UK have launched a series of free online webinars to help the sector gather and share best practice amidst the global pandemic, as well as find practical solutions to immediate problems. They include ‘Mental health and Covid-19’, ‘Delivering virtual careers services and online support during Covid-19’ and ‘Addressing the impact of Covid-19 on student progression and retention’.
The government have released free digital and numeracy courses to build your skills. You can choose from a selection of high quality courses put together in collaboration with experts, and find a level and time to study that’s right for you.
A thesis mentor is anyone who has completed their PhD, and would like to volunteer some time to support others who are writing their thesis. This may be in the same group or dept, or across institutions. This website by Kay Guccione at Glasgow Caledonian University provides resources for thesis mentors.
This website by Kay Guccione at Glasgow Caledonian University gives you video resources (captioned), articles, and templates, that show you how to choose, recruit, and get the most out of working with a mentor.
The Science Council are currently hosting a range of free virtual workshops for professional registration, that include: Virtual Introduction to Professional Registration, Virtual Professional Registration Competence Report Masterclass, Virtual Twitter Q & A and Virtual Professional Registration Q & A.
The Science Council have published a list of resources for members, registrants, applicants and other scientists and apprentices. This includes signposting to CPD and training for scientists, links to relevant up-to-date government regulations and advice for AGMs during coronavirus.
SMart Mentoring Resources
SMart Mentoring have released some free documents available to download and/or print out, which include support for wellbeing, working from home, managing change, work readiness and working SMarter. They also offer a range of paid training and CPD opportunities.
The Royal Microscopy Society have a host of online opportunities for those working from home or away from the lab during the Covid-19 lockdown. They are also currently developing a dedicated website feature for our members to share information on a whole host of events, training, webinars and other items.
OpenWHO is WHO’s new, interactive, web-based platform that offers online courses to people preparing to work in epidemics, pandemics and health emergencies or already doing so. OpenWHO also serves as a forum for the fast sharing of public health expertise and in-depth discussion and feedback on key issues.
This Bioinformatics-along is a free learning resource on Youtube to help users learn bioinformatics, beginning with: “Walk through a practical introduction to bioinformatics skills with me while working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic. Aimed at wet-lab types who want to take this unique and strange opportunity to begin learning some bioinformatics.”
Burcu Bronner-Anar, Technician Commitment Manager at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, has prepared a list of learning resources aimed at STEM technicians. Categories include: General scientific teaching, online seminars/videos, Bioinformatics/IT, Lab skills, Public Engagement/STEM education/Communication/Career Development.
This resources is google document prepared by BioImaging UK, collating online courses, videos and learning all around microscopy and image analysis. It includes courses, lecture material, livestreams, tips and a list of proprietary software with special offers on.
“Start streaming on-demand video lectures today from top instructors in subjects like business, computer science, data science, language learning, & more.” Coursera’s range of online courses allows you to develop skills with a certificate or degree attached.
Future Learn has a wide range of online courses including subject-specific development and soft skills. They are currently running a “thrive at home” programme, aimed at finding you practical ways of coping whilst at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the courses are developed or endorsed by prestigious universities and colleges.
I’m a Scientist have launched this initiative to support school children and teachers through this work-from-home period. It allows professionals in STEM to chat with students and teachers in text-based chat sessions and answer their questions about science, engineering and working in STEM. You can also build your understanding of public engagement principles on their IAS Academy course.
Avantor Webinar Programme includes a series of webinars from leading experts in a wide range of scientific topics, including life science, chromatography, safety and cleaning, controlled environment and many more.
Open Learn has a huge range of free learning resources, covering topics including STEM, languages and History & the Arts. There is something for every technician in this repository, ranging from 1-hour classes to 84-hour courses.
Google’s Digital Garage has three categories of online courses: Data & Tech, Digital Marketing and Career Development. Their Data & Tech and Digital Marketing courses are most suited for someone looking to add these skills to their repertoire (rather than somebody advanced in that field). Their Career Development courses are perfect for anyone looking to hone their soft skills.
If you’re looking for something more lab-orientated, Rafalab has a diverse repository of STEM-related courses including free download links to textbooks. Each course has a free learning version or a paid authenticated version.