GW4 Funds Technical Staff Professional Development

January 26, 2021

As part of our GW4WARD initiative, designed to enhance and drive forward the professional development of technical staff across the Alliance, technical staff across GW4 have been awarded funding to enhance their career and become members of professional bodies and learned societies.

Following the success of the GW4 Technical Staff Professional Registration Scheme, launched last year, we are pleased to announce a further 7 successful applications.

In line with our institutions’ pledge to the Technician Commitment, GW4 aims to enhance the visibility of all our technical staff by enabling them to gain recognition of their knowledge, experience and leadership skills within and across the partner institutions.

Professional registration provides technical staff with public recognition for their knowledge and experience. It can also demonstrate their fitness for leadership, and help to develop the skills and experience required to progress in their careers.

GW4 Director, Dr Jane Khawaja said: “We have had a fantastic response to our GW4WARD initiative, of which this scheme is part of, and further demonstrates our commitment to supporting our technical staff at all career stages.

“Our technical staff are a highly valued and crucial part of the excellent teaching and research that takes place across the GW4 Alliance. More recently they have also played a key role in responding to the COVID-19 crisis, providing vital supplies and equipment to key workers, as well as maintaining critical facilities during lockdown. Therefore, I am delighted we are able to help drive forward the professional development of our technical staff and support our successful applicants with their professional registration.”

The successful applicants will receive funding from GW4 to cover the first year of membership fees plus support and guidance on the submission of their professional registration application. They will also be invited to a GW4 webinar to learn more about professional registration from those who have completed the process.

Our technical staff work within a variety of disciplines. This breadth of expertise is reflected in the range of professional bodies selected for membership, including the Institute of Science and Technology, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and The Chartered Institute for IT.