In both the laboratory and the field, technicians provide essential support for learning in the biological sciences. In recognition of this, the HEA will award the title of "Biological Sciences Technician of the Year 2014", along with a £250 prize. Nominations (including self-nominations) are now being sought in the Biosciences and other STEM disciplines. Nominations are welcome from technicians, academic staff, students and senior management. The awards are evidence based and therefore candidates should provide evidence of excellence relating to ONE or more of the following criteria.
Criteria/Areas of skill
1. Technical skills: the development of new or use of existing technology in particular areas of STEM or particular kinds of technology (e.g. podcasts) to enhance the STEM student learning experience.
2. Interpersonal/communication skills: Interaction with staff and students.
3. Instruction/teaching skills: the development of learning materials; departmental systems to support the student learning experience; support for lecturers.
4. Administrative/finance skills: the use of new or existing technology to improve administrative procedures or reduce costs relating to the STEM student learning experience.
5. Problem solving skills: the development of new or use of existing technology to develop solutions to problems relating to STEM learning and teaching. For example, enabling improved feedback to students; improving the teaching of very large groups; other problem identified by department.
6. Innovative skills: the development of new technology, or the innovative use of existing technology, to enhance the student learning experience.
7. Special skills: research or other work concerning the use of new or existing technology that has enhanced the STEM student learning experience.
The deadline for receipt of nominations is 01 Feb 2014. Guidance for applicants and a nomination form are available at the HEA events page.