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:

This one-day practical course for Science technicians focuses on building the knowledge, key skills and techniques you need to effectively support A level physics teaching. It will take place on November 12th between 0930 and 1600 at UCL Instute of Education in London. Chris Pambou will be delivering the course. More details here....

You'll learn how to effectively support a range of practical activities through hands-on experience of a variety of apparatus and experiments.

The course will cover:
• The new A level curriculum
• Risks in physics
• Atomic and nuclear physics
• Materials and mechanics
• Electricity and magnetism
• Wave behaviour.

This course is suitable for all secondary school and college science technicians, supporting A level physics or for those who would like to gain experience in physics support. The course is delivered mainly as a practical workshop with some lectures/discussion. You'll get a certificate of attendance on completing the course.

About Chris Pambou

Chris Pambou is a chief science technician at a very successful inner London college with over 40 years’ experience. He has been training technicians for many years here in the UK and abroad. A RSci and member of the IST, he is passionate in the development and professional registration for technicians. He has been involved in a number of physics projects and is joint author of Salter’s Horner’s AS & A2 Advanced Physics Book and Teachers and Technician Manuals.

For more information about this course and how to register, please click here

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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Lets's begin....

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

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