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Papin Prizes

Engineering technician at the University of Nottingham

The 2015 Higher Education Technician Summit will publically celebrate the skills, talent and experience of technicians from M5 Universities through the inaugural “Papin Prizes”, a series of Awards to be made to individual technicians across the Midlands region who have demonstrated excellent practice.

Categories include:

  • Contribution to Teaching

  • Contribution to Research

  • Contribution to Infrastructure (for example, technical staff who look after building facilities or staff that provide key services to support day to day laboratory/workshop activities).

  • Facility & Equipment Management

  • Leadership

  • Newcomer (Individuals must have embarked on a technical career within the past 4 years - for example, this may be a trainee or apprentice technician who has shown exceptional promise).

  • Working with Business

  • Lifetime Achievement

The Papin Prizes are named after Denis Papin, a 17th century technician who worked with Robert Boyle. Papin invented the steam digester and was one of the first technicians to publish in his own name.


The Papin Prizes recognise the invaluable role played by technicians in Higher Education across the M5 universities. Their aim is:

  • To provide national recognition and reward for excellence in technical services across the M5 Universities
  • To raise the professional status of technicians in higher education

Nominations for the 2015 Papin Prizes can be made by any member of the higher education community including students, staff, collaborators and alumni. To be entered, the technician in question should be currently employed by one of the M5 Universities on a part-time or full-time, fixed term or permanent basis.

The winners will be announced and the awards will be presented at the 2015 Technicians in Higher Education Summit to be held at the University of Nottingham on 30 June 2015.

Nominations should be received, via this website, by 31 May 015.

Judging Criteria

Nominations must meet one or more of the following criteria:

Success – cases where the nominated individual has demonstrated technical expertise and remarkable effort to ensure targets were met/exceeded and/or particular milestone were achieved.

Inspiration – cases where a nominees technical experience and knowledge has inspired others (colleagues, students, members of the public).

Innovation - cases where the nominees’ inventive thinking and/or novel application of technical skills has resulted in a successful resolution to a problem, improved efficiency or has resulted in the development of new scientific concepts.

Personal/Professional Development – cases where nominees have undertaken significant personal development and/or increased their knowledge and technical ability (outside of their routine role) to the benefit of the university and beyond.   

Expertise – cases where nominees have built a reputation as recognised leaders in their field of technical expertise.

Leadership/ Collaboration– cases where strong technical leadership or collaboration has ensured a successful outcome.

Student Experience – cases where technical staff have gone “the extra mile” to support teaching and learning activities for M5 university students.

Nomination Form

Nominate a technician for a 2015 Papin Prize here

  • Your Name
  • Name of Papin Prize Nominee
  • Do you wish to remain anonymous?


2015 Higher Education Technicians Summit

The University of Nottingham
A25 Life Sciences Building
University Park

telephone: +44 (0) 115 846 6580