UK Higher Education Technicians Summit, Wednesday 9 July 2025 (Hinckley, Leicester)

Jul 9, 2024

UK Higher Education Technicians Summit 2025 
Wednesday 9 July 2025, All day
Leonardo Conference Centre, Watling St, Burbage, Hinckley, LE10 3JA

The biennial UK Higher Education Technicians Summit (HETS) returns in 2025 with the acclaimed Papin Prizes.

The one-day event will be free to attend and is kindly sponsored by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Midlands Innovation.
Expect keynote speeches, workshops on topics impacting technicians, networking and the acclaimed Papin Prizes; the only UK awards dedicated to celebrating technicians who have demonstrated excellence in practice.

Who should attend?

  • Technical Managers
  • Technical Specialists
  • Research Technical Professionals
  • Heads of Technical Services
  • Technician Commitment leads
  • Technical Apprentices


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Speakers and Workshops

To be confirmed


HETS has grown from strength-to-strength since it was established in 2015 by Midlands Innovation, in partnership with the Science Council. 500 technical professionals attended the previous event which took place in 2023 at the University of Warwick.

In 2023, eleven outstanding technicians received Papin Prizes after a record-breaking 357 nominations were submitted, representing 67 higher education and research institutions.  

The Papin Prizes are named after Denis Papin, a 17th century technician who worked with Robert Boyle. He invented the steam digester and was one of the first technicians to publish in his own name. The awards celebrate technicians who have demonstrated excellence in practice.