HEaTED Provides Free Courses to Technicians During Covid-19

The Covid-19 crisis undoubtedly sent a shockwave through the Higher Education sector, and like many others, the technical community was severely affected. Here at HEaTED, it didn’t take us long to change and develop our offering to support HE technicians across the UK.

Whether working from home, furloughed or continuing work under extremely challenging circumstances, HEaTED prepared to support as many members of the technical community as possible. HEaTED has put its best foot forward, bringing people together with free events, sharing resources and providing free one-to-one support. 

HEaTED distributed over £76,000 worth of content for free during the Covid-19 pandemic. To date we have reached 560 individuals from 65 universities and institutions. This content has spanned areas such as resilience in the workplace, personal coaching sessions, sustainability (LEAF) and various e-learning courses, as well as acting as a point of contact for many members looking for additional support or signposting. HEaTED has also provided a platform for technicians to network and share experiences and best practice in an ever-changing environment.

"As a technician working from home I am just so pleased to have some highly useful training to focus on so I’m not surprised demand has been high. Can I just say thank you for organising them and offering them for free which is also a real bonus at this difficult time".
Julia Grimstead MIScT CSci - Technical Manager, Cardiff University
“The seminar was interesting and informative and has inspired myself and my colleagues to take action to improve sustainability of our labs, thank you”!
Rebecca Shepherd - Project Officer, The Open University
"The online training has been incredibly convenient and helpful to me in the current situation and I would welcome it again in future".
James Finnerty - Technical Services, University of Reading
The chart below shows the engagement from HE institutions on our free courses:

We would like to thank our members and dedicated teams, without which none of this would have been possible. We will continue to evolve and tailor our services to meet your needs, and we look forward to working with you in the near future.

Date of article: 2nd September 2020