Organisational Development

Technician Commitment

The Technician Commitment at Loughborough University

In May 2017 Loughborough University became one of the founding signatories of the Technician Commitment, a university and research institution initiative. The University has pledged action to support technicians working in higher education and research, across all disciplines, against four key issues: 

  • Recognition
  • Sustainability
  • Visibility
  • Career development

For more information on the Technicians Commitment please view the designated website using the button below. Please also use the buttons below to access the Loughborough University action plan and the technical staff news. 

Technician Profiles

Name: Eleanor Braithwaite.

Job Title: Physics Technician. 

Department: Physics.

Favourite part of my role: Solving problems. 

Proudest moment: The moment when turning and milling weren't terrifying tasks anymore - still not a fan of the band saw though.

Most entertaining colleague (and why): Tom Partington - we have the best coffee dates

Favourite food: Crisps - I have an addiction!

Favourite band/musician: A hard one to answer, I will have to go with my FIRST favourite band: The Offspring.

Dream date: 21st June - summer solstice (Avoiding answering the real intent of the question). 

Most inspirational person (to you): So many to list, known to others and personal, everyone can inspire different things. Here are a few: 

-My sister, for her strength;
-My grandfather, for his vision in education;
-Emily Roebling, for taking control in an engineering world not ready for it.
-Chris Robshaw, despite not being England captain anymore he is still amazing. 

Technicians top tip: Check the power has been turned off before saying it is broken.

Name: Michael Graysmark

Job Title:  Laboratory Technician

School/Professional Service:  Dept. of Materials

Favourite part of my role:  I most enjoy my job when helping the undergraduate students in their lab classes; showing enthusiastic students how to procure their data is very satisfying, as is providing a student with the skills to complete their work.

Proudest moment:   That’s a tough question, so I’ll avoid it slightly: I always feel pride when a student has worked hard on their project/task and is happy with their work, especially if they’ve persevered when encountering difficulties.

Most entertaining colleague (and why):  Rob (a ChemEng Tech) shares terrible jokes with me, which never fail to make me laugh.

Food heaven and hell:  My food heaven is always pizza. My food hell would be no more pizza.

Favourite band/musician: Another question with a hard-to-pin-down answer. I could listen to the Fleetwood Mac album “Rumours” on repeat forever, and I’ll always have a soft-spot for Gladys Knight and The Pips; however, Adele will always be up there in my “most-played”.

Most beautiful place you have ever visited: I’m not one for gorgeous scenery, but the place where I experienced the most beauty was attending Leicester Pride last year.

Top three celebrity dinner party guests (dead or alive):

  • The Queen, because she would hopefully offer to pay, and ergo we would be eating swan somewhere incredibly fancy.
  • Trixie Mattel, for obvious reasons.
  • Patti LuPone, for after-dinner entertainment.

Name: Max Farrand 

Job Title: Sports Technology Research Technician

Department: Sports Technology Institute 

Favourite part of my role: Helping the students succeed.

Proudest moment: Probably the recent STI part b group project presentations, seeing the students achieve something with electronics knowing I got them all started, after having no electronics experience.

Most entertaining colleague (and why): Steve Carr (not that funny but the only one I work with).

Favourite food: Indian, especially with a few pints of real ale.

Favourite band/musician: Depends what mood I’m in, but it could be anyone of AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, The Levellers, Foo Fighters just to name a few.

Dream date: Katherine Jenkins (I’m allowed to dream, so my wife won’t mind)

Most inspirational person (to you):  Brian Clough (the most successful football manager ever), and my parents of course.

Technicians top tip: Don’t make simple things complicated it and most importantly enjoy it.

Name: Sarah Fay 

Job Title: Senior Technician

Department: Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Favourite part of my role: I like the interaction with the students – a bit of banter and also how interested and passionate they are about their studies – it makes a refreshing change from the students I used to work with when I was a teacher at Secondary School! 

Proudest moment: I passed my NEBOSH exams with a distinction – I had a bad time during the exam with toothache and my kids had kept me up all night the night before with nightmares – I thought I’d be lucky to scrape through with a pass!  Caffeine and sugar were key instruments in achieving this result!

Most entertaining colleague (and why): Bob Temple – he has a wealth of (mostly) useful knowledge that he imparts to me on a daily basis.

Favourite food: My Mum’s home-made chicken casserole.

Favourite band/musician: I love to listen to piano music as it helps me to focus.  My favourite piece is Michael Nyman’s ‘The Heart Asks Pleasure First’, I also like Rachmaninov, Beethoven and Edvard Grieg.

Dream date: A spa day BY MYSELF!

Most inspirational person (to you):  My Mum – she raised three kids to be decent human beings despite suffering from serious health issues her whole life (cancer 3 times, 2 strokes that left her paralysed on her right side, osteoporosis that meant she kept breaking bones) she always has a positive attitude and a smile on her face, but she also won’t put up with any bad behaviour!

Technicians top tip: If you don’t know the answer, SAY you don’t know the answer and go and find it out!  Being a technician means constant learning of new skills and knowledge.