Bringing together UK technology specialists in academia
Technical staff from UK universities and research institutes, sometimes known as Research Technology Professionals (RTPs), are welcome to join the Technology Specialists Network (TSN).
The new national network of technical professionals share best practice, knowledge and insights to support career development.
TSN hosts an annual conference and encourages technical staff to keep in touch with other technical specialists in the network through the TSN JiscMail email list.
This network is only open to technical professionals working in UK universities and research institutes.
TSN Annual Conference
Date: Tuesday 16 – Wednesday 17 April 2024
Venue: Apex City of Bath Hotel, Bath. UK
Join other members of the community for networking, keynote speeches and facility presentations from across the UK.
The event is currently fully subscribed, there is a waiting list, please click below to register.
What is the UK Technology Specialists Network (TSN)?
The UK Technology Specialists Network is a UK-wide network of technicians who have specialist technological expertise. The network was created to enable free-flowing communication between a wide variety of technology experts, facilitating the transfer of knowledge and skills across UK institutes and sharing best practice.
When was TSN established?
The network was formed in 2022 and was initially supported by the Research England funded, MI TALENT Programme. TSN moved to the UK Institute for Technical Skills and Strategy on 1 August 2023 to ensure sustainability for the network and for better connection with existing technical communities, like the Technician Commitment.
Do I need to pay to be a member?
No, membership is free.
“We co-founded TSN to develop a national group that will enhance skills and knowledge of individuals and strengthen institutional expertise.”
Natalie Homer, University of Edinburgh
Meet the founding members
Head of NMR Spectroscopy, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Manchester
UK ITSS Co-Director, Director of Research Technology and Technical Strategy, University of Warwick
Senior Experimental Officer, University of Southampton
Mass Spectrometry Core Manager, Senior Research Fellow, Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility, University of Edinburgh
Flow Cytometry and Single Cell Technologies Shared Resource Laboratory Director, Newcastle University
IRR Technology & Services Director, University of Edinburgh
Head of Genetics Core, Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility, University of Edinburgh
Director of the Bioscience Technology Facility, Vice-President Royal Microscopic Society, Head of Imaging and Cytometry, University of York
Head of Core Research Laboratories, Natural History Museum
UK ITSS Director, University Director of Technical Strategy, University of Nottingham