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Midlands Innovation is a strategic research partnership of eight research intensive universities in the Midlands. Funding was awarded by Research England in 2020 for ‘TALENT’ – a transformation programme to advance status and opportunity for technical skills, roles and careers. 

Over the past two months, HEPI has been running a series of blogs with Midlands Innovation championing the role of technicians in higher education and research. In the final post in our series, Kelly Vere, MBE, University Director of Technical Strategy for the University of Nottingham, offers her reflections and shares her vision of the future for the technical community. 

The ten-part Midlands Innovation blog series on championing the role of technicians has highlighted that there is reason for celebration. There has been much progress over recent years in improving opportunities for our technical community. 

The blogs have addressed some of the biggest challenges in the higher education and research sector around technical career pathways, research culture and how to create a skilled and sustainable workforce, and the series has featured a range of voices including pro-vice chancellors and technicians themselves. 

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