Here are some past Technicians' Forum events
Christmas Event 2018
On Tuesday 18 December 2018, we held our Christmas Event in the UEA Drama Studio. Chad Mason gave us a lighting demonstration and a talk about what goes on in the studio, then we formed into three groups for tours of the building. Festive refreshments included the obligatory mince pies. Many thanks to those who arranged this and to the technicians who attended.
Sustainability September 2018
The focus on 20 September 2018, 12.30-13.30, was on the ways technicians contribute to sustainable ways and the green agenda.
Early Summer Event 2018
"Visibility and the Technicians Commitment", Wednesday 27 June 2018, 12.30-13.30. Guest speaker Professor Sarah Barrow.
Forum Christmas Event 2017
On 20 December 2017, the Technicians' Forum held their first Christmas Event. There was festive food, music, tinsel and a few Santa hats!
The event was introduced by Liz Rix (Chair of our Committee, and Co-Chair of the Technician Commitment Project Board). We were delighted to welcome Professor Fiona Lettice, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) who came to support the Forum and said a few words. Fiona will be talking to the Executive Team about UEA possibly signing up to the Technician Commitment, which would put he focus on the needs and development of our technicians.
Those present were encouraged to fill in short forms giving details of their technical skills and hobbies/interests/hidden talents - it is hoped that this could eventually help technicians find support from each other and share their skills and knowledge, and maybe some will be willing to give short talks at Forum events about their work or interests. In another activity we collected ideas and suggestions on large post-its about what the Forum could provide or become involved with. The committee will be looking at these at their next meeting. Thanks to all those who came along and we hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break.
Liz, Steve & Judith (Technicians' Forum Committee members)...
Fiona with some of the technicians...
Forum Late Summer Gathering 2017
A meeting of the Technicians' Forum took place on Friday 22 September 2017 in the Enterprise Centre at UEA.
Liz Rix (Chair of Technicians' Forum Committee) explained the Technician Commitment initiative. A Project Team is examining this and will report to Pro-Vice-Chancellor Fiona Lettice later in 2017 so that she can make a recommendation to the Executive Team. It is likely the Board will recommend that UEA should sign-up to the Commitment which will raise the prominence of technicians in the University and should lead to greater recognition and hopefully new opportunities.
Participants then worked in small groups to record ideas and thoughts about the initiative's five key areas (Visibility, Recognition, Career Development, Sustainability and Evaluating Impact). Their notes have been typed up and submitted to the Board who want to know what technicians think.
Forum Second Meeting 2017
The second meeting of the Technicians' Forum took place on Friday 17 February 2017. We had two speakers, both UEA technicians; Matt North (ITCS) and Peter White (EAFA), who talked about their work at UEA. Matt works in Studio Technologies and is there to help students and staff make best use of the video-making and editing facilities and equipment. Peter is Head Technician in the East Anglian Film Archive and is involved with film and video preservation, digitising and access.
Peter talks about his work in the East Anglian Film Archive...
Matt explains about his work in Studio Technologies (ITCS)
Forum Inaugural Meeting 2016
The first meeting of the Technicians' Forum took place on Friday 30 September 2016. Natalie Kennerly talked about TechNet at Sheffield and Helen Charlwood gave an overview of HEaTED.
Amanda Giles, CSED, introducing the meeting while Helen Charlwood prepares to talk about HEaTED:
Natalie Kennerley presenting Liz Rix (SCI) with her certificate of professional registration :