The Trustee Body are pleased to announce that Simon Quinnell has been elected by the membership of the Association to be their Chair. Simon is a teacher trainer at the University of York, but many members will remember Simon from his time at STEM Learning (formerly The National Science Learning Centre) where he ran numerous courses. These included practical work and biology, but he also played a central role in raising the professional profile of school science technicians through the STACS programme. Simon is a member of Yorkshire and the Humber region ASE committee, serves on the national technicians committee and runs popular hands on workshops at ASE conferences.

About the ASE's Chair Trio

People like Simon who give up their time voluntarily to support the ASE by agreeing to be nominated as Chair of the Association are taking on a three-year commitment. They work as part of a team of three (the ‘Chair Trio’) with an annual change in role, to ensure the committees and the members are supported by staff and trustees in fulfilling the aims of the organisation. They are also asked to represent the ASE regionally, nationally and internationally.

From August 1st 2019:

  • Chair Elect – Simon Quinnell
  • Chair – Janice Griffiths
  • Past Chair – Mary Whitehouse

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The ASE has received a single nomination for the position of Chair-Elect 2019-2020. The person nominated is Simon Quinnell, who many of you will know. Simon is currently curriculum area lead for science PGCE at the University of York and he is also an independent education consultant.

In September Uppingham School,Oakham is hosting the 13th Annual East Midlands IOP Physics Teacher Network Day.


This is on a Saturday and we will be welcoming both Teachers and Technicians. Booking is essential.

Do have a look at the registration page to see what is planned and register if you can make it. 

Looking forward to seeing some of you there.


Calling all UK science teachers & you want to take part in a free STEM activity to celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table?...we provide all the resources you need including teacher pack

RLC is a commercial company but we set aside time and resources to provide a free chemical analysis for A-level & BTEC students and school science clubs - supporting excellence in science education

TecHKnow has been actively serving the Science Technician community since May 2003. So this month we celebrate sixteen years, which has seen the community website undergo several exciting changes alongside a strong desire to help people like you do your 9 to 5 job.

We are taking this opportunity to ask you for feedback on all areas of the website (ie., NEWS/FORUMS/WIKI/GROUPS/LINKS/TWITTER FEED/ACTIVITY).

We will reflect on all comments that you make no matter whether they are positive or negative and hopefully this will help inform us develop TecHKnow for the next five years. 

If you are a member of TecHKnow then you can make your comment in our Forums feedback area here or alternatively you can also contact us by email. Our email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please accept our thanks for your continued membership and any help that you can give us. 

Online Course Designed for technicians who wish to develop or enhance their role as a demonstrator at secondary and post-16 level by exploring the following themes: biology, chemistry and physics demonstrations, health and safety, and teaching and learning through demonstrations

There will be weekly tasks, online discussions with other technicians and course tutors,  video demonstrations, mini-lectures and access to resources. Throughout, we encourage you to take a practical approach to the course, contributing your experience and sharing good practice.

The course is 6 weeks in duration and will take 2-3 hours of study time per week. There is a weekly structure to the course, but you can engage with the content at anytime to suit you during the week.

Participants will need access to a lab to undertake weekly tasks. More details, and how to enrol can be found here

The IOP Technician Award enables the community to recognise and celebrate the skills and experience of technicians and their contribution to physics.

With the aim of raising the professional status of technicians, the IOP Technician Award highlights the diverse role of technicians in education, research and industry. The winner receives a prize of £1,000, a trophy and a certificate presented at the IOP annual awards dinner.


Eligible technicians will work in a diverse range of organisations across the UK and Ireland – schools, colleges, universities, research institutions, NHS, defence or industry. They may, for example, plan and prepare teaching experiments, build and maintain infrastructure and laboratory equipment and software to support research and innovation, or install manufacturing systems or process control instrumentation.  More details about the eligibility criteria here…

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