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New digital conference announced for Higher Education technicians

Midlands Innovation, the university partnership that founded the UK’s Higher Education Technician Summit (HETS), has announced that it will host a digital conference for technicians in addition to a physical conference later in the year.

Taking place on 23 June, HETS Lite will address key topics and issues impacting the technical community, along with sessions sharing best practice across the sector. The event is free to higher education and research technicians. 

HETS 2021 will be held on 10 November at the East Midlands Conference Centre. The Papin Prizes will also be awarded on the night.

Kelly Vere MBE, Technician Commitment lead for the Science Council, Director of Technical Skills and Strategy at the University of Nottingham, and Co-Lead of Midlands Innovation’s TALENT programme, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be offering an additional online summit for the higher education and research sector’s technical community this year.

“HETS is a really popular event and always oversubscribed, so we are excited to be able to host a dedicated online event, while moving HETS 2021 to the autumn will provide us with an opportunity to host the largest gathering of higher education and research technicians in the country to date.”

The roles that technicians undertake, usually behind the scenes, are vital in ensuring the success of Loughborough University, providing academic, research and student colleagues with the essential technical expertise that they need to enable their research and teaching.

The full press release from Midlands Innovation is available to read here.