UNISON recently secured a victory at the Court of Appeal affecting hundreds of thousands of employees working part-time and irregular hours or patterns.

Harpur Trust v Brazel & UNISON clarifies the legal position ensuring all workers are entitled to a minimum of 28 days paid annual leave, even if they do not get given work or paid for parts of the year. In addition, this leave must be paid at the rate of a normal week’s pay, or based on the average payment for the preceding 12 weeks if pay is irregular.

UNISON intervened in this appeal, which was being defended by music teacher Mrs Lesley Brazel and brought by Harpur Trust, her term-time employer. The trust claimed she was entitled to leave and pay below the statutory minimum.

The position of leave for hourly-paid workers in the education sector, who are not paid a salary during school holidays, has been unclear due to the absence of government guidance or definitive case law on their holiday rights.

Role: Chief Science Technician

Contract type: Full-time | Permanent

Start date: December 2019

Closing date: Monday 1 October 2019, 12 pm

This is a tremendous opportunity for a senior technician or researcher looking to expand their skills and abilities and progress to a new challenging permanent full-time position in central London.

Only a few metres away from Kensington Gardens and minutes away from any major attractions in the heart of London.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact me (Andres Tretiakov) or see the attached job advert and job description.

Please follow the link for more information:

STARTING DATE: as soon as possible or 28 October 2019

This develops the article Chromotography of Amino acids which focuses on the practical of Amino acid Chromatography from the perspective of the student. The practical preparation below has been tried and tested. It has found to work satisfactorily.

What the Science Technician needs to keep in mind, (and indeed to an even greater extent the Science Teacher) however well the Science Technician sets up this practical, ultimately its success, comes down to the practical manipulation and skills of the individual student. So the advice here is to do a trial run beforehand to verify and show that it has worked!.

Preparation set up

The Chromatography solutions are made up as follows;

[Read more of this article on our TecHKnow Wiki....]

The Royals Society of Chemistry is interested to find out how they are perceived across a range of audiences. They are undertaking a reputation survey. The responses to this survey will to help guide some of our future planning and decision-making, and as one of our key stakeholders, we would like to invite you to take part.

We want to make sure that our work accurately represents the interests, and supports the needs, of the chemical science community. That is why we would like to hear from you. We have engaged the Reputation Consultancy to conduct this research on our behalf.

Please take a few minutes to fill in our short survey by 27 September.

We really appreciate you taking the time to help shape our work. Thank you.

Helen Pain
Deputy Chief Executive
Royal Society of Chemistry

Here is the scenario. You applied for a job as a Science technician. You are academically qualified, you have several years experience working in a similar position. You attended an interview and did your very best. Everything looks good and then the letter drops on your doormat. Its a rejection letter. So you ask yourself, what happened. Why did I not get the job.

This is a follow up on an earlier article on the TecHKnow Wiki about Job Interviews in general. The articles look at the process from the perspective of the candidate and the interviewer. You should check these out beforehand.

Even though I am a Senior Science Technician, I am also a trained and qualified manager. For reference Chartered institute of Management Diploma (Level 6)  back in 2000. Having studied recruitment as part of my course, here are the 7 main reasons why people who "think" they should have got the job - but didn't.  You may be surprised at the what is to follow and I do not intentionally wish to offend anybody. This is more for information.

The seven main reasons are as follows:

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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