The Working in Partnership Technician Commitment Forum was created by Linda Robinson, Organisational Development Lead and Mel Leitch, Technical Manager, both at Newcastle University, in September 2018.  The forum recognises that Technicians as a group often have limited reach within Universities to implement change however by working in partnership with Organisation / Staff developers, they can be much more effective in implementing the changes needed to support the Technician Commitment.

We aim to hold two meetings per year (February and September) in Newcastle to explore elements of the Technician Commitment and to share best practice.  Initially the forum was aimed at northern universities with each sending an organisational development lead and a technical lead. We are delighted that representatives now come from further afield including Scotland and Northern Ireland.  The value of attending these meetings is to engage and share best practice.

If you are interested in being involved, please contact Mel at:

Our next Working in Partnership meeting will be held on 21st September 2021.
Our Technician Partnership Conference was  on Wednesday 24 June 2020 online. Conference theme: Forming partnerships between HEIs and also between HEIs and the private industry sector.
Read more here.

Working in Partnership Meeting Resources – February 2021

Welcome – Mel Leitch & Linda Robinson

Technician Commitment Update – Simon Breeden

NTDC update and CPD Central – Sara Bacon & John-Paul Ashton

The Positive Changes to Come from Covid-19 – Breakout session summary

UKRI’s Technician Commitment action plan: first look – Ellen Meek and Nik Ogryzko

Working in Partnership Meeting Resources – February 2020

Technician Commitment Update – Simon Breeden

NTDC/HEaTED Update – Dr Sara Bacon and Suhel Miah

Career Pathways – Debbie Rowe

Flexible Career Pathways – David Tedman

The Changemaker Placement Programme – Lucy Williams

Working in Partnership Meeting Resources – September 2019

NTDC Update – Dr Sara Bacon

Team Science and the Need for Modernisation of Technical Career Pathways – Professor Derek Mann

Embedding Career Pathways Within the Organisational Structure – Dr Ian Tidmarsh & Dr Lucy Hudson

Technician Commitment Update – Tracey Dickens