About Us

HEaTED is the leading organisation for Higher Education and Technician Educational Development, delivering skills, training and networking for all specialisms and disciplines of the technical workforce.

HEaTED are the official training arm of the National Technician Development Centre.

The NTDC is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all support services aimed at providing the very best sustainable opportunities for the technical community. As the NTDC’s training arm, we offer CPD courses specifically designed for and aimed to develop individuals in the technical community, no matter what their discipline and whatever stage they are at in their career.

You can read our Services Brochure here.


HEaTED began as an idea between several collaborations with the technical community. The Institute of Science & Technology (IST) officially commenced the work around 20 years ago after receiving funding from the Leadership Foundation led by Matt Levi, John Robinson and Bob Hardwick.

Following activities and growth, IST also secured HEFCE (now the Office for Students) funding which brought visibility and greater purpose for HEaTED, to provide for the needs of the community by offering learning, recognition and development. Over the next few years, the Gatsby Foundation also provided resources to deliver the programme through its generous funding programme.

HEaTED was part of the White Rose University Consortium (made up of its three partners the University of Leeds, Sheffield and York). For the last few years HEaTED became part of STEM Learning at York (formerly known as MyScience Learning). The decision for this was primarily given on the basis that a dedicated National Centre for technical staff development was needed, whilst ensuring technicians at schools and colleges were provided for.

In 2020, it was decided that HEaTED would move legally to be at its new home, based and owned by the University of Sheffield. HEaTED will still provide dedicated support to UK Universities and offer training and development to the Higher Education technical community, as well as supporting technicians in Schools and Colleges.



HEaTED would like to recognise that it has been supported by many organisations and has had a wealth of knowledge and experience given over the last two decades by its programme managers and network coordinators.

So we would like to say a very massive thank you for this to everyone who has made HEaTED what it is today.

We are very much looking forward to the next chapter of HEaTED.