To ensure you receive the best possible support, we work closely with a number of organisations. Our partners play an integral role in helping us to achieve our aims and objectives.
Below is some information about our partners including a link to their websites.
The Royal Society of Biology
The Royal Society of Biology is a single unified voice for biology: advising Government and influencing policy; advancing education and professional development; supporting members, and engaging and encouraging public interest in the life sciences. The Society represents a diverse membership of individuals, learned societies and other organisations.
Individual members include practising scientists, students at all levels, professionals in academia, industry and education, and non-professionals with an interest in biology.
The Royal Society of Biology is committed to ensuring equal opportunities in the life sciences, and supports diversity throughout the pipeline; at school and higher education, in the workplace and training.
The Royal Society of Chemistry
Chemistry is at the centre of everything you can see, smell, touch and taste.
Whether studying the chemistry of life, or developing the advanced science behind modern technology, chemical scientists use their expertise to improve our health, our environment and our daily lives.
Collaboration is essential. The RSC connect scientists with each other and society as a whole, so they can do their best work and make discoveries and innovation happen.
RSC publish new research, develop, recognise and celebrate professional capabilities. They bring people together to spark new ideas and new partnerships, as well as supporting teachers to inspire future generations of scientists. And they speak up to influence the people making decisions that affect us all.
The Royal Society of Chemistry are a catalyst for the chemistry that enriches our world.
The Institute of Physics
The Institute of Physics is a leading scientific membership society working to advance physics for the benefit of all. Their aim is to gather, inspire, guide, represent and celebrate all who share a passion for physics. As a charity, the IOP wants to ensure physics delivers on its exceptional potential to benefit society.
The Institute is an advocate of technical career pathways and strongly support the professional development of technicians and apprentices. As such, they actively supports their members in gaining professional registration as this is an excellent way for to demonstrate they have the skills, expertise and experience to successfully undertake their roles.
You can obtain one of the following professional registrations through the Institute of Physics: RSciTech, RSci, EngTech, IEng, CPhys and CEng. Lifelong learning is a core element of their membership offer and this is reflected in the variety of conferences, outreach activities, networking opportunities, social and collaborative learning opportunities, and journals and publications produced to support your continuous professional development.
The Institute of Science and Technology
The Institute of Science & Technology (IST) is the leading professional body for technical staff, supporting and representing technical staff and the community in science, technology, engineering, and creative industries working in a broad range of employment sectors. They are in a unique position to help technical staff improve visibility, gain professional recognition and provide support for career development to ensure future sustainability of technical skills and expertise within the workplace.
The IST is firmly committed to enhancing professional development and recognition for technical staff. They believe that one of the best ways to gain recognition is through professional registration. They are the only organisation to offer professional registration specifically for technical personnel and you can obtain one of the following registrations through the IST: RSciTech, RSci and CSci. If you are working outside STEM, we can also offer the IST’s own professional recognition via the Registered Practitioner status.
They support and offer CPD opportunities through events like our Annual Technical Conference, along with courses like our Leading Your Technical Team, and wide-ranging networking opportunities between colleagues across a broad range of sectors and disciplines.
The National Technician Development Centre
The National Technician Development Centre (NTDC) provides organisations with everything they need to support the delivery of high quality and sustainable technical services across all sectors. The NTDC is not-for-profit and run for the benefit of, and with input from, institutions and the technical community.
This includes a nationally recognised NTDC Toolkit, specialist information and advice on talent recruitment and retention, activities to increase professional registration and CPD, help in developing technical networks and bespoke workshops and presentations.
The NTDC team has decades of management and technical experience, giving them a unique understanding of the vital role of technicians and the problems they face moving forward. Many of our experts previously worked on HEFCE’s Technical Development and Modernisation (TDM) Project.
As well as supporting individual institutions across the UK, they also support the sector by attending events and conferences, delivering presentations and workshops. The NTDC is constantly evolving to keep up with the demands of the sector as the issues affecting technical services change.
Technical Managers in Universities (TMU)
The TMU is an informal, voluntary association of technical managers, team leaders and supervisors from across the higher education sector. We welcome technical managers from across every HE discipline including arts, engineering, medicine, science, social sciences and beyond. The broad term “technical manager” encompasses a wide range of activities, employment categories and job titles in HEIs. But such a person will normally have some responsibility for managing resources such as a technical service, a facility, or laboratory where they provide technology or engineering support to academic teaching and/or research. This area of technical support can be found in and across an enormously diverse range of disciplines.
The TMU aims to:
- Enable sharing of best practice.
- Add to individual and corporate knowledge.
- Broaden understanding of our technical profession.
- Foster a collegiate spirit across its membership.
- Act as a focus for feeding legitimate and common concerns with respect to our support for teaching and research in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to the Institute of Science & Technology, of which TMU is a registered special interest group.
University Bioscience Managers' Association
UBMA is the organisation for Laboratory Superintendents and Managers in university biological, biochemical and life science departments, schools and faculties, currently with members drawn from over 70 different universities. The University Biological Supervisors’ Association (UBSA) was formed in 1983 by two superintendents from the University of Sheffield. In April 2000 the name was changed to the University Bioscience Managers’ Association. In 2012, members of the National Association of Biochemistry & Biological Sciences (Managers) (NABBS) joined together with the UBMA bringing together knowledge and expertise held by Professional Managers across a broad spectrum of Universities in the UK and Ireland.
UBMA aims to improve the management of resources in university science schools and departments, by:
- Providing a forum for the exchange of ideas,
- Seeking to influence national policy by the representation of the Association’s views,
- Encouraging training and development of staff at all levels,
- Disseminating best practice.