Applications for the Papin Prizes are now open

20th February 2017

The 2017 Papin Prizes are now open, a series of awards for higher education technicians across the UK who have demonstrated excellence in their field.

The Papin Prizes are named after Denis Papin, a 17th century technician who worked with the chemist Robert Boyle. Papin invented the steam digester and was one of the first technicians to publish in his own name. The Papin Prizes recognise the invaluable role played by technicians in UK Higher Education. Their aims are:

    • to provide national recognition and reward for excellence in technical roles in UK higher education
    • to raise the professional status of technicians in higher education

Nominations for the 2017 Papin Prizes can be made by any member of the higher education community including students, staff, collaborators and alumni. To be entered, the technician in question should be currently employed by a UK university on a part-time or full-time, fixed term or permanent basis.

Categories

 

Research

A member of technical staff that has made a significant contribution to research.

Teaching

A member of technical staff that has made a significant contribution to the student teaching and learning experience.

Newcomer

An individual who has embarked on a technical career within the past four years and shown exceptional promise – for example, this may be a trainee or apprentice technician.

Core Research Facility

A member of technical staff within a central research facility/platform that has provided exceptional skills/expertise.

Infrastructure 

A member of technical staff that has made a significant contribution to day to day infrastructure to support research and/or teaching – for example, roles may include technical staff who look after building facilities or technicians that provide key day to day services.

Outreach/Community

A member of technical staff that has made a significant contribution to community/outreach activities.

Technical Team 

A technical team who have worked together to deliver excellence.

Lifetime Achievement

An award to recognise continued excellence and/or significant achievements across an individual’s technical career.