Membership and Professional Registration

As an Employer Champion with the Science Council, the University of Exeter is committed to actively promoting and supporting the professional development and recognition of our scientific staff through professional registration, and providing an environment in which registrants are able to uphold their codes of conduct.  You can read case studies from technical staff who have been through the process here.

How does Professional Registration benefit me?

  • Formally recognises your previous knowledge and experience.
  • Is linked to you individually, and is transferable between roles and organisations.
  • It demonstrates your commitment to continued professional development and shows you maintain knowledge by keeping up to date in your field of expertise.
  • It is a mutually respected and harmonised level of professional competence and understanding.
  • Is visible to potential employers when you add your level after your name on CVs and address blocks.
  • Is internationally recognised.

How do I apply?

As part of our continued commitment to our technical staff and their personal/professional development, Technical Services will cover the costs of initial membership fees for Technical Services staff. Whilst Technical Services will pay for the initial professional body membership, individuals will be required to pay to cover their own individual registration fee and subsequent annual fees.  Follow these simple steps:

  • Apply for membership online with the relevant professional body through the common application process (you will need to choose the body from one of those licensed to award Science Council professional registration).  You can also get in touch with the Science Council to find out more.
  • Complete the application form - using the competency matrix to align your application with the relevant level. You will need to clearly detail how you meet the criteria at your desired level, and should provide examples.
  • Provide details of your supporter (usually your Line Manager) who will vouch for your skills and experience to support your application.


  • Visit our brand new website - The new HEaTED website has been launched - so browse the new site today for all the latest news, events and CPD activities.
  • Your CPD needs - Do you have a particular area of interest, which you'd like to develop? Perhaps you have a qualification you need to renew? HEaTED want to hear about your training needs.
  • New campaign celebrates technicians - The Gatsby Charitable Foundation is launching 'Technicians make it happen' - a new campaign to raise the profile of technicians. The campaign will launch with an exhibition in London.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

As a professional scientist, you are expected to meet your continuing professional development (CPD) requirements each year in order to remain registered. There are some good articles available on the Science Council web pages for anyone completing their CPD returns:

New Joiners to Technical Services

Technical Services would like to welcome the following new staff to the University:

  • Peter Savage (Mechanical Workshops)
  • Karen Leslie (Laboratory Technician)
  • Victoria Mallott (Research Technician)
  • Anna Matheson (Research Technician)
  • Alan Rees (Research Technician)
  • Julian Yates (Laboratory Technician)