PTSE and IST Conference

First joint PTSE/IST annual conference: ‘The Future of Technical Support in Higher Education’

4th & 5th July 2012 – Richard Roberts Building, University of Sheffield

The PTSE is the National Association of Professional and Technical Specialists in Education. The conference  focussed on the rapid changes that have affected the sector from the comprehensive spending review to Browne, Wakeham and Diamond reports.  It also looked at the changing role of the Departmental and Technical Manager in light of the new structures and the restructuring taking place within university departments, faculties and FE colleges. Future roles for technical support staff in this new world were also discussed.

The second day of the meeting was exclusively for members of UCLAS, EMU, NABBS and UBMA for individual business meetings of their associations.

The target audience was departmental managers/administrators, technical managers, senior technical staff and members of professional services staff with an interest in the future of technical support in HE.

Conference Speakers
(click on links below to view videos of presentations)

Professor Keith Burnett, Vice Chancellor, University of Sheffield: Welcome and Setting the scene

Ali Orr, Registrar, the Science Council: Professional Standards in the technical community/The Technicians Register

Andrew Dodman, Director of Human Resources, University of Sheffield, Institutional roles and structures for technical support staff-a 2022 vision

HEaTED, Dr Rachel Crossley & David Thorpe: ‘How we can support technicians and the HE sector

Amy Norton, Senior HE Policy Adviser and Alison Johns, Head of Leadership, Governance and Management HEFCE: Vision of future support roles

Professor Tony Ryan OBE, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Science, University of Sheffield: Science and the community

Questions and Answers Session

The conference was supported by a significant exhibition of scientific suppliers. A number of social events, including a conference dinner were organised and thoroughly enjoyed. Following are downloads of the presentations and Conference documents.

The Conference was also the forum for announcing the IST’s recent approval of their Science Council membership and their Accreditation as a Licensed Body for the award of the Science Council’s RSci and RSciTech professional registrations. In addition the first 9 RSci and RSciTech registration certificates were presented to Conference attendees.

PTSE/IST Conference – Final Programe
PTSE/IST Conference – Biographies of Speakers
PTSE/IST Conference – List of Delegates
PTSE/IST Conference – List of Groups and Sponsors
PTSE/IST Conference Presentation – Ali Orr – Science Council Professional Registers (ppxs)
PTSE/IST Conference Presentation – Andrew Dodman – 2022 Vision (ppxs)
PTSE/IST Conference Presentation – Dr Rachel Crossley – Technician Support and HEaTED (ppsx)