Event Calendar

The events programme is always being developed - we'll be adding new events on an ongoing basis, so keep checking back for new events. Events listed here are open to all Technicains.

Forthcoming Events.

22nd May 2018: Dr Jennifer Cumming Presentation

Offering a sporting chance: My Strengths Training for Life programme for young people who are homeless or at risk

Dr Jennifer Cumming is a Reader in Sport and Exercise Psychology and is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.  Dr Cumming’s research focuses on community-based approaches to developing practical and culturally-tailored interventions for athletes and, more recently, individuals who are traditionally considered ‘harder to reach’.  Dr Cumming is the Primary Investigator of large funded study (2014-2020) to co-develop, co-implement, and co-evaluate the Mental Skills Training for Life™ programme as part of community-based participatory action research with a large supported housing service.  She was nominated for the University of Birmingham’s Founders’ Award for Excellence in Policy Advancement in 2015 and Enterprising Birmingham’s Most Innovative Collaboration award in 2017.  Her work has also been recognised as good practice by Public Health England and is being used to inform interventions for preventing and reducing homelessness in the UK.  She has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers and is the current co-editor of Imagination, Cognition and Personality. 


25nd May 2018: EPS Technical Forum 

Technical Forum EPS - UG10 Learning Centre

09:30am - 13:30pm


9:30:              Registration – tea and coffee

9.45:              Welcome - Professor Jon Binner, EPS Deputy Head of College

10.00:            Dr Ian Tidmarsh – CTL Staffing and the benefits for technical staff

10.30:            Networking Session

11.00:            Tea and coffee 

11.30:            Question and answer session

11.45:            Introduction to the EPS technician award

12.00:            Research talk – Professor Allan Walton, Co-Director of the Birmingham Centre for

                       Strategic Elements and Critical Materials

13.00:            Close

12th June 2018: Professor Mark Sterling - Technicians Seminar

Technicians Lunch Time Seminar

Location: G29 Mechanical and Civil Engineering Building (Y3 on the Campus Map)

Technical Academy presents a Lunchtime Seminar with Professor Mark Sterling. 

Professor Mark Sterling will be talking about his research and how technicians supported the work.

More information to follow. 

19th June 2018: Summer BBQ






27th June 2018: How to... Register for the Science Council Event

How to... Register for the Science Council

Learning Centre - LG14 10:00am - 14:30pm 

The Technical Academy are holding a HOW TO event aimed at clarifying the Professional Registration Process.

Are you considering professional registration? Would you like to know more about the registration process and what is required? The University of Birmingham Technical Academy has organisied a Registration Workshopprovided by the Science Council. 

Lunch will be provided...

Professional Registration allows you to gain recognition for your knowledge and on-the-job experience alongside your qualifications. After completing you will recieve letters after your name which signifies to fellow technicians, employers and the wider community your level of competence and achievement.

An outline of the event is as follows; 

  • Who are the Science Council
  • Overview of professional body membership and the benefits
  • How registration is different to membership and the benefits
  • Overview of the different registers
  • A talk from a recent Registrant. Why they did it, how they found it.
  • Overview of how to use the Professional Registration Online application system
  • What are the  competences and how to evidence them

 Whatever your field of work, come along and find out more.

It aims to answer any of your questions and assist with details of how to register*  

To find out more about professional registration please go to the below link. 


*Please note you cannot register at the event. 

July 2018: Technician Tours: Birmingham Energy Centre 

A 1 hour tour by Technicians for Technicians

Come take a look and find out about how energy is generated on campus and the roles of those who work on these systems. 

05th September 2018: Technicians' Showcase Event 

Calling all technicians!

Want to share a technique, inform people about the wonderful kit you are responsible for or highlight aspects of the work you’re conducting in your group?

Then why not submit an abstract for a poster session at the inaugural ‘Technical Academy -Technicians showcase event’

To be held in the Medical School Wolfson Common Room on Wednesday the 5th of September 2018.

This is the perfect event to showcase your work and gain recognition for what you do. On the day your work will be judged by attendees; they will introduce themselves to you and ask you to explain your research.

There will be a prize for the best poster on the day which will be presented and displayed at the annual Technical Academy Event in November, the top 3 posters will also be shown off. 

If you are interested in taking part please use the following  link and fill out the the abstract submission form. 

20th September 2018: IST Conference 

IST One-day Technical Conference 2018 - 20th September


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 Leaflet
Online booking form

20th September 2018: Meet the Senior Leadership Team. 

Meet the LES Director of Operations Senior Leadership Team

23rd October 2018: Professor Deborah Falla talk on Neck Pain 

More information to follow. 

13th November 2018: 2nd Technical Academy Conference 

More information to follow. 

19th December 2018: Christmas Party

More information to follow.

11th January 2019: Health and Happiness Workshop

LES Health and Happiness Workshop 

Happiness and wellbeing are increasingly on the national and international agenda. The University has a wealth of research expertise covering all aspects of the topic. As a major employer, it is also committed to creating an environment where staff wellbeing is clearly understood and a recognised priority. The aims of this workshop are to:

  1. Explore the range of (UoB) research that can inform “happiness” initiatives in the workplace
  2. Facilitate a cross-campus network of interdisciplinary research

This workshop hosted by  Professor Jeremy Pritchard brings together expertise from across the institution with best practice experience.

Everyone from across the College of Life and Environmental Sciences are encouraged to attend this unique and important talk to share ideas on how we can best shape and develop this  agenda, to create world class multi-disciplinary research and influences a programme that positively impacts the wellbeing of all LES colleagues.

February 2019: BUAFTA Awards - New Technician Category!!

February 2019 - Buafta Awards with a new category of Technical Team of the year 

March 2019: Technicians Tours : BIFoR

More information to follow.

April 2019: Easter Charity Bake Sale

More information to follow.

May 2019: Technicians' Showcase Event 

More information to follow.

June 2019: Science Council Registration Event

More information to follow.

July 2019: Technician BBQ

Annual summer BBQ, more details to follow. 

August 2019: Launch Spotlight on Campaign

A campaign at highlighting the work Technicians do and how vital they are within the University. 

September 2019: Hands on Technician Event

Technicinas have the opportunity to get hands on and experince different Technicians Jobs, in a series of Lab Swaps. 

October 2019: Professors Recognition Event

More information to follow.

November 2019: 3rd Technical Academy Conference

More information to follow.

December 2019: Technician Christmas Party 

More information to follow.
More information to follow.