I have a Technician who is absolutely lazy. They moan when there is work to do, and when I ask them to help out (or to do a specific task) they are very slow, question why they have to do the job or sometimes do not complete the job to my standards.

I have discussed this informally and in person with the technician on a few occasions, but every time I attempt to reason with the Technician they just "lift the eyes to heaven" and walk away. Can they be dismissed from the job on the grounds of poor performance?

Find out more about how to handle this or similar situations on our TecHKnow Wiki here.....

As promised. Here is the write up of the talk Andy Connolly did at the Science Museum Conference. It is called; 

"Technically Speaking: a corpus linguistic study of the value of technicians"

I hope you find it interesting. It is a heavy read, but nevertheless a worthwhile and enjoyable read. Please let me know if you have any comments or thoughts. I'd love to hear them.
The plan is to get the rest of the survey data processed before Christmas. Thank you for all your support,

The Labour Party’s official manifesto for the 2019 general election has officially been launched this in Birmingham (21/11/2019). Besides the party’s school spending plans and a few other nuggets, the document is mostly made up of pledges either made in 2017 or announced since. Here’s what’s in there for schools. Note that some of the pledges apply specifically to School support staff.

These are highlighted below.


I recently attended a short in house course for all staff on Stress management techniques. What initially started out as something I felt would be embarrassing (because I always envisaged myself as one who has low amount of stress in my life) the talk proved very useful.

So I have included below some of the notes relating to the session in the hope that it may prove useful during the course of your working day.

Remember, you can easily learn to manage stress and lead a happier, healthier life.

The wiki article will also give some helpful advice on how to manage your time effectively and also understand some "illusions about time"

To read the Wiki article click here

Perceptions of Technicians (A short survey). There were some fascinating results and we really appreciated your honest and detailed responses. Overall, 215 people responded to the survey which was fantastic.
We recently presented an initial analysis of the results at the Science Museums Research Conference - I have attached the presentation we used at this conference which includes some of the data. It was very relevant to them as there is a large technician themed exhibition being planned for the Science Museum London.
The data from the survey sparked some really interesting conversations about how best to talk about technicians in the exhibition.
We will be writing up the data as a blog post soon and will keep you updated with any more developments. Thank you again,
Dr Andy Connelly (University of Leeds) and Dr. Rebecca Woods (Newcastle University)

FREE TRAINING WORKSHOP Labexpert UK is pleased to offer a FREE training workshop on Wed 20th November 2919 (12:00 to 4:00pm).

The course is ideal for staff using the Labexpert UK - Chemical and Equipment Stock Control Software or for those who would like to learn more about stock control systems.

This will be a hands-on training session on how best to use the Labexpert UK Chemical & Equipment Stock Control Software. Also including the use of barcode scanners and label printers.

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Participants will be able to:

  • Develop skills to share good practice and address key issues for the effective storage of chemicals and equipment.
  • Develop the skills to fully utilise the Labexpert UK Chemical and Equipment Stock Control Software. • Evaluate and use different types of barcode scanners and label printers that can be used with software.

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Emilie Ellis is a member of the Independent Steering Group for Technicians in Education (a group of technicians coming together to try and instigate recognition and consistency for the technician role, enabling the provision and delivery of quality practical education in schools).

After some lengthy research I have found in CLEAPSS G228 (which was updated in 2009),  that schools and colleges should consider 'grades' that are appropriate for their technicians roles (some which apply now). Dependent on skills, experience and knowledge required for the job, the levels of responsibilities required and the supervision received / given. The RS / ASE have suggested that there should be four grades of technicians as follows:

• Trainee technician.
• Technician.
• Senior technician.
• Team-leader technician / demonstrator technician / advanced skills-technician / technician adviser. (We have renamed to Advanced, Specialist Technician).

CLEAPSS believes that four grades will be adequate to support the range of technician activities required by science departments in schools and colleges.

I have created a survey that includes roles/ responsibilities technicians undergo that have been collated from shared technicians job descriptions and general research. What we are trying to find out is what role you think collates to each technician 'grade'. There is multiple choice so please feel free to select more than one 'grade' if you think it applies. It will only take 2-3 minutes of your day, please give us a helping hand!  Thank you in advance!!

LINK TO SURVEYhttps://forms.gle/ETGJ38FrPACbGY1c6

The dates for the next ASE technicians courses have now gone live on eventbrite.
We have the ASE Technicians Leadership Programme which consisting of three different days focusing on leadership, development and organisation (there are two dates for each one of these an you can do one, two or three depending on what you need).
Then new for this year were trialing a technicians supporting students course and a technicians supporting STEM clubs course.
Each day is £125 for ASE Members of £175 for non members.

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