University of Nottingham technician wins prestigious Papin Prize

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

A technician from the University of Nottingham has won a prestigious Papin Prize at the Higher Education Technicians Summit in Birmingham.

Hannah Constantin in Engineering was given the Newcomer award for the excellent contribution she has made as a technician starting out on her technical career.

The award was presented at HETS 2019, which aims to share best practice amongst higher education technical staff in UK,Ireland and beyond, and is the largest event of its kind in the country, with more than 700 technicians attending.

Hannah's main area of expertise is X-ray diffraction. Her work involves scanning and analysing samples, or training people to use instruments. Her nominator comments on how she has ‘inspired students in their project work.’

This year, the standard of entries for the Papin Prizes was incredibly high, so all of the technicians and technical teams that have been nominated for the awards should be very proud of their achievements.
Kelly Vere, Director of Technical Skills and Strategy

Named after Denis Papin, a famous 17th century technician, the Papin Prizes were first awarded at the inaugural Higher Education Technicians Summit (HETS) in 2015.

Held biennially, the Papin Prizes recognise and reward innovation and excellence amongst technicians working in higher education.

HETS is sponsored by Midlands Innovation, a partnership of eight universities - Aston, Birmingham, Cranfield, Keele, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham &Warwick, in partnership with the Science Council.

I am particularly delighted that we have had so many entries for the Papin Prizes from right across the UK. This demonstrates that the excellent work which technicians do throughout the country is greatly appreciated by their work colleagues and students. I am pleased that through HETS and the Papin Prizes we are able to support technicians in HE and recognise their achievements.
Dr Helen Turner, Director of Midlands Innovation

For more information about HETS and the Papin Prizes, visit

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