The Gratnells Science Technician of the Year Competition is now in its eleventh successful year! Could YOU be the next Science Technician to win this prestigious award?

Once again this year we have a fantastic array of prizes and we've kept it much easier to enter with a simpler entry form. You can enter yourself instead of someone else entering on your behalf. You also have a choice of how to enter. You can download and print the entry form on this page or you can enter online here.


Finalists for the National ENTHUSE Celebration Awards have been announced in the build-up to the annual event, which takes place on 26 June in London.

Celebrating the inspirational teachers and technicians around the UK, the awards recognise excellence in education at all levels in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Nominees shortlisted in the seven categories here have been invited to attend the ceremony which is to be held at The Royal Society.

Right now, many of the big websites, services, and apps you use are rushing to get their new privacy policies and terms of service in order. You’ve probably noticed all the notifications about it popping up on your phone and in your email. Just this week, we’ve seen messages from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkdn, SoundCloud, and just about any other app that requires you to sign up for an account. The driving force behind this change is Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which has been approved since 2016, but goes into effect on May 25, 2018.

The recent wave of privacy policy and terms of service notifications, however, mostly stem from a part of the regulation regarding consent and taking steps to prevent companies from opting users into terms that are hidden within monstrous legal documents that most people don’t even read before clicking “agree.”

When you register for an account on TecHKnow we ask you to provide certain information about yourself. The purpose of this information is two-fold;

  1. To permit admin staff to manage the TecHKnow website (e.g., username, password, school address, occupation).
  2. To encourage all of our members to both individually and collectively build a community environment and to allow all members to participate within that environment (Your social media feed, Interests.)

By registering you are actively consenting to allowing any registered member to view the information which you provide to us.

The CLEAPSS Summer bulletin (No. 162) is now available. In this issue, Technicians really DO matter, chemicals in the wrong container, microbiology update, transition ideas (not being a TV presenter), new labels for gloves, IDA record keeping, fume cupboard testing, Northern Ireland bodily fluids update, promoting the importance of technicians, Salters' technicians awards 2018, technicians tip, a (better) USB oscilloscope, D&T news, radioactive sources registration, FREE draw for a radiation detector, supplier members of CLEAPSS, CLEAPSS conference season, ASE Conference review, Pressure vessels update and forthcoming courses.

The bulletin is available to CLEAPSS members by logging into the CLEAPSS website and navigating to the Bulletins  section


The Data harvest Group have gathered together a number of funding opportunities that may help you to get the extra cash to fund your science purchases.

Click here for the list

Have you read about the The Resource Our Schools campaign?

The campaign is being run by BESA and is dedicated to ensuring that every school has access to the resources they need to deliver the education that our children deserve. You can read more about the BESA resource our schools campaign here.


Full Story: Read the full news item here.

The 2% pay offer for most council workers will be implemented after two of the three main unions backed the proposal.

The pay offer will mean the majority of staff, which is those earning an annual salary of £19,430 or more, will receive a 2% pay rise from April 2018 and a further 2% rise in April 2019.

 It also includes the introduction of a new national pay spine on 1 April 2019. The Local Government Association said the offer will result in an increase to the national pay bill of 5.6% over two years, once the new national living wage is factored in.


You are invited to attend:

ASE NI TechMeet

Monday 25th June, 2018   2:00 – 4:00pm

The Abbey Christian Brothers' Grammar School, 77A Ashgrove Rd, Newry BT34 1QN

See map here

ADMISSION:  FREE. You do not need to be an ASE member to attend but it would be great if you discussed with your school about becoming one!

The line-up:

  • Shamie Smith – Employment issues and advice

  • Michelle McAnallen – Molecular Gastronomy

  • Catherine Brownlee – Troubleshooting physics

  • Matthew Coan – Fun with flames

There will also be opportunities to win prizes by completing our series of Gratnell tray challenges

Updates on the event will be posted on the Sci Techs NI Facebook page

For tickets/registration please follow the link:

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