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Technician Champions appointed

We are pleased to announce that we have chosen 14 members of technical staff from across the University to act as Technician Champions. They will be working on a range of interesting projects until September 2024 - all of which will help to raise the profile and/or support the career development of technicians at the University. The champions will also help to promote better two-way communication between technicians and the wider University.

All the champions and their projects are listed below.


Name Department Division Project Summary

Magda Timan



Organising an event for technical staff to network and discuss barriers to career development.

Karen Chung



Setting up a work shadowing scheme for technicians in MSD.

Juliet Semple



Exploring barriers to career progression for Allied Health Professionals in academia.

Michalina Mazurczyk



Organising an event to showcase the expertise and capabilities of service labs at the University, in order to gain new users and promote new collaborations across departments and with business.

Steve Daniels



Organising an event to showcase what technicians at the University do, to encourage school pupils and students to consider a technical career.

Daniel Coneyworth



Supporting technicians to gain professional registration.

Catherine Ashby-Guest



Using departmental coffee and cake mornings as an opportunity to showcase technicians’ work and highlight career development opportunities.

Sally-Ann Clark



Working with Karen on the shadowing scheme and with Magda on the networking event for technical staff.

Chris Prahacs

Engineering Science


Profiling the Research Technical Professional workforce in MPLS (including their contributions to research and how their roles are funded) in order to raise their profile within the University and highlight successful employment models.

Neil Young



Creating a community of practice for technical staff working in physical characterisation across the University.

Phil Sanders



Creating a network for technicians looking to progress their careers in academia: identifying challenges and barriers to progression and working together to find solutions.

Jamie Cameron



Setting up the Oxford Heritage Technical Network – for all technical staff whose work relates to history and heritage.

Mona Edwards



Ensuring that lab technician work is better recognised and evaluated within job descriptions.

Jake Bevan

IT Services


Turning the AV Support Staff network into a community of practice, to ensure that staff working in AV across the University are better equipped to provide support in their areas.


Take control of your professional development and start your professional registration journey!

My story:

My name’s Daniel and I am a research assistant. I was lucky enough to be encouraged in my previous job to apply to be professionally registered through the Science Council. I applied for the RSci award, with the Royal Society of Biology as my professional body. Achieving registration has been a big confidence boost for me as it gives me independent recognition of my achievements. It shows employers that I commit to exacting standards of integrity and continued development – it helps me stand out from the crowd!

What is professional registration?

Professional registration is independent recognition and accreditation of your scientific and technical achievements. It puts you in control of your own professional development, shows commitment to continuing development and looks great on your CV. 12% of technicians surveyed at the University of Oxford already have achieved professional registration, so don’t miss out! There is some funding available to help with the cost of registration if your department is unable to cover this.

If you want to find out more, check out the very informative Science Council website.

As part of the Technician Commitment initiative, we are here to support people wishing to apply!

Reach out to me on: if:

  • You think you want to apply but are unsure or have more questions.
  • You are already in the process and need help with your application form and/or competency report.
  • You would be interested in an option of having a face-to-face workshop with a Science Council facilitator – tbc depending on interest.