GW4WARD is an initiative designed to drive forward the professional development of our technical staff across GW4.
Technical staff play a critical role in helping to drive forward our research and innovation programmes. We have around 1300 technical staff across our four institutions, often acting as the linchpin in any University department, operating and maintaining facilities and providing valuable expertise and intellectual input to enable high quality teaching and research.
Our technical staff have also played a key role in responding to the COVID-19 crisis, collaborating to provide vital supplies to key workers and the front-line NHS staff, plus maintaining crucial facilities during lockdown.
In line with our institutions’ pledge to the Technician Commitment, GW4 aims to support all our research technical professionals to gain recognition, visibility, and career development opportunities.
Our GW4WARD programme of support comprises of the following:
- Technical staff registration scheme: This competitive scheme provides first year membership dues and guidance on professional registration with the aim to enhance the visibility of technical staff by enabling them to gain recognition for their knowledge, experience and leadership skills within and across partner institutions.
- Technical staff travel bursaries: GW4 offers a travel bursary scheme for technical staff at GW4 Universities to visit other GW4 institutions to share best practice, gain experience with equipment or resources, or to develop technical skills through work shadowing.
- Support for Facilities Management: This activity aims to empower research managers to develop sustainable management of resources, facilitate equipment sharing for researchers from across GW4, and beyond, and attract funding for new instrumentation to maintain and expand the portfolio in line with evolving research agendas.
- GW4 Technical Staff Webinar Series: GW4 aims to encourage collaboration and sharing of best practice across the region by bringing together technical staff and external speakers to discuss key topics in a webinar format.