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£1.125m grant to National Technician Development Centre for HE

Based in Sheffield, the National Centre will tackle the shortage of specialist technical skills in the Higher Education sector.

The National Technician Development Centre for Higher Education will provide HE Institutions with access to information, expertise and tools that will enable them to create a sustainable future for their technical staff and services.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has awarded funding of £546,000 from its Catalyst Fund to the National Centre, which along with funding from the University of Sheffield and other partners of over £580k, represents a total investment of £1.125 million in the new National Centre.

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IST’s President, Helen Sharman Awarded CMG in New Year’s Honours List

Our Sincere Congratulations to our President, Helen Sharman, OBE CMG FRSC on Joining the Order of St Micheal and St George in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List

Helen Sharman OBE

Photo credit: Thomas Angus, Imperial College photographer

Dr Helen Sharman, Operations Manager for the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College, the first Briton in space and the IST’s President, has been awarded the Order of St Michael and St George in recognition of her services to science and technology educational outreach.

Helen said: “I am thrilled to be awarded with this honour, especially so because it recognises the science and technology outreach work I have done and therefore the importance of this type of activity.

I believe public debate on scientific issues is a vital part of a good democracy

I am passionate about making science relevant and available and I believe public debate on scientific issues is a vital part of a good democracy. Ensuring students from a wide range of backgrounds continue to study science enhances the cross-fertilisation of ideas, business uptake and impact on society.”

The Executive of the IST would like to offer sincere congratulations on this award, which is richly deserved.


IST Conference 2018 – 20th September

IST One-day Technical Conference 2018
Venue:  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle

Thursday 20th September 2018
Start 10.00 and close at 16.30

Book early to ensure your place – Early Bird rates found below

IST Conference 2018 flyer


Directions from Newcastle Central

8 minute walk

Coming by train? – Book here: 

Our IST Conference this year on the 20th September in Newcastle is starting to take shape and promises be a very exciting event so please register early to avoid disappointment.  Last year we had fantastic speakers and workshops. To ensure our venue is big enough for even more people we have chosen the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

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Roger Dainty MBE, FIScT, 1946-2017

It is with great sadness that family, friends and colleagues will meet on Monday 20th November 2017 to say farewell, to a special man, who leaves us all with many fond memories. Read More »

IST Registrants Selected as Science Council Case Studies

We are delighted to see that a couple of our IST registrants now feature within the case studies being profiled on the Science Council’s website. Both registrants describe why they chose to register and how they benefit. Read More »

Leading your Technical Team/Building your Leadership Skills

Halifax Hall meeting room

We are now taking bookings for the following two programmes:

Leading Your Technical Team
8th & 9th February 2018
Times: Start 09.30 close at 16.00 Day Two
Venue: Halifax Hall, Sheffield (

Building on Your Leadership Skills
Date: 22nd & 23rd Match 2018
Times: Start 09.30 close at 16.00 Day Two
Venue: Halifax Hall, Sheffield ( Read More »