Technical Services Conference 2017

This one day conference, hosted by Technical Services at the University of Exeter, will take place in the first week of July 2017 at our St Luke's Campus. It will provide technical staff with a valuable and rewarding experience, where speakers, sessions and workshops are tailored specifically for technical staff. 

Venue: University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter EX1 2LU (directions)

Date: 6 July 2017 10:00-16:45

Key Sponsor: We are honoured to announce that ZEISS Microscopy are the key sponsor for the University of Exeter Technical Services Conference at our St Luke's campus in Exeter on 6 July 2017.

As a leading manufacturer of microscopes ZEISS offers inspiring solutions and services for your daily routine work in the field of life sciences and materials research.

Exhibition Layout: 2017TSC Exhibition Plan

Award Sponsors: VWR, Eppendorf, Triple Red

Sponsors/exhibitsSartoriusLabster, Thermo Fisher ScientificAstell Scientific, Seal Analytical, Alpha Laboratories, Scientific Laboratory Supplies, Brooks Life Science Systems, IKA, Sarstedt.

Professional Development SponsorsScience CouncilInstitute of Science and TechnologyHEaTED, Gatsby: Technicians Make It Happen, Institute of Animal Technology, Royal Society of Biology

University of Exeter exhibits: Procurement and Future Finance, Health Safety OH and Wellbeing.

Technical Services at the University of Exeter is comprised of STEMM-facing research and teaching technical staff. Whilst all operating in a single service our staff work in a wide range of specialist areas such as, Engineering, Physics, Geology, Mining and Minerals, Renewable Energy, Life and Environmental Science, Sports and Health Science, Medical Sciences and Medical Imaging.

Prof. Sir Steve Smith, our Vice Chancellor, has confirmed that he will be our first keynote speaker at the conference. Mike Shore-Nye, our Registrar, will be presenting the awards at the end of the event and will conduct the event closing presentation. This demonstrates top level commitment to technical staff, and sends a really positive message.

The event will utilise North Cloisters lecture theatre along with 4 breakout session/workshop rooms in Baring Court. There will be catering and exhibitor stands at the Cross Keys.

Event hashtag: please use #2017TSC for your social media updates about the event, and pictures.

University of Exeter Technical staff should have all been sent a personal invitation/link to register for the event.  If you have not received your invitation please email Jonathan Cresswell ( to request an event invite for the conference.

Our affiliates and sponsors will be sent a promotional code (via email invitation) that will enable them to register for a free event ticket using the "attend event" button within their email.

Delegates from other Universities, HEIs and organisations - Delegates from other HEIs and organisations should purchase standard delegate tickets (£100) from our online store. 

The conference will be of interest to all technical staff who work in a wide range of specialist areas such as, Engineering, Physics, Geology, Mining and Minerals, Renewable Energy, Life and Environmental Science, Medical Sciences and Medical Imaging.

We are pleased to announce that there will be a number delegate tickets available for HEIs and our partners external to the University of Exeter.  

Professionally registered, and those on the pathway to professional registration, will find the sessions and workshops will significantly contribute towards your Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

Buy your delegate ticket

TSC2017 Pre-Conference Delegates Brochure‌ 

Technical Services Conference Poster Competition


The theme for this year’s Technical Services Poster Competition is ‘Technicians Make it Happen’

Taking inspiration from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation ‘Technicians Make It Happen’ campaign which aims to raise awareness of the role of technicians and technical careers, the TSC2017 award for the “Technicians Make it Happen” poster will recognise the most interesting poster that captures the spirit of the TMiH campaign.

We would like your posters to be an insight as to how your work impacts on the teams or colleges you work in. Your poster can showcase any aspects of what you or your technical team do that keeps the cogs of teaching and research turning. This can be anything from the nuts and bolts daily tasks that so often go unseen but without which things would grind to a halt to more complex research and engineering tasks. We would like activities depicted to be technical team based jobs rather than an overview of an academic field of work or research project, unless of course the project is entirely carried out by technical services staff.

We would also like your posters to include an original motivational quote or statement so get your thinking caps on!


  • There is no requirement that the individual, or team, are from the University of Exeter.
  • This award is open to individuals, and teams, within the University technical community or professional organisation, and who will be in attendance at the TSC2017 event.
  • The individual, or team, must be employed as a technical member of staff within a University or professional organisation.


  • Posters must be original work, and content should be associated with the work or activities within your technical area. The main body of the poster should be a creative photograph.
  • Posters should include an original inspirational quote aligned to one of our University values.
  • Posters must be in either JPG, or PDF files.
  • Posters must be no larger than A1 size.
  • Posters can be sent to the university print unit quoting TSC2017 along with your name
  • Once printed posters can be collected in person from the print unit and brought to the Technical Services Conference or you can request that posters are sent from the print unit directly to Kirstie Parnell at the address below.
  • Posters will be displayed at the Technical Services Conference on Thursday 6th July where a small team of judges will decide upon the winner during the day based on poster content and design in line with the brief given
  • Please contact Kirstie with any other queries:
    • Kirstie Parnell
      Laboratory Manager, Research and Teaching
      UEMS Building, St Lukes Campus, Magdalen Road, Exeter, Devon, EX1 2LU
      Telephone. 01392 72(2945)

Judging Criteria

  • Presentation.
  • Creativity.
  • Impact.
  • Uniqueness.
  • Quote.

The winning poster creator, as selected by our judging panel, will be presented with £500.00 of Amazon vouchers and a Certificate of Achievement.

Feedback from past events

“Everything was set up really well. I found every speaker really informative with their presentations”.

“I thought the event was great - and I've heard very positive feedback from other members of staff”.

“Superb event. Well organised, good range of speakers and excellent networking opportunity”.

“Well-organised, interesting and relevant, I felt it provided a great networking opportunity and helped foster the feeling that we belong to one unified team - across several disciplines and colleges - often with transferable technical skills and working now towards common goals and standards”.

Conference programme and competitions

The conference workshops for this event will be confirmed nearer to the event, and delegates will be asked to book their place against the workshop of their choice. 

Details of conference competitions will be released on this webpage at a later date - visit this page for further updates.


Details of the workshops, times and locations can be found at 2017TSC Workshops.


07:30     Transport departs Penryn Campus Main Reception, Penryn Campus
10:00 10:30 30 Registration, refreshments, networking and visiting sponsors exhibition Cross Keys
10:30 10:45 15 Welcome and opening remarks North Cloisters 12 (Lecture Theatre)
10:45 11:15 30 Keynote 1 - Prof. Sir Steve Smith (Vice Chancellor) North Cloisters 12 (Lecture Theatre)
11:15 11:45 30 Refreshment break, networking and visiting sponsors exhibition Cross Keys
11:45 12:25 40

Workshops 1-4

12:35 13:15 40

Workshops 5-8 ‌

Baring Court breakout rooms
13:15 14:15 60 Lunch, networking and visiting sponsors exhibition Cross Keys
14:15 14:45 30 Keynote 2 - Kelly Vere RSci North Cloisters 12 (Lecture Theatre)
14:55 15:35 40

Workshops 9-12

Baring Court breakout rooms
15:35 16:05 30 Refreshment break, networking and visiting sponsors exhibition Cross Keys
16:05 16:45 40 Announcement and presentation of conference awards, followed by closing remarks North Cloisters 12 (Lecture Theatre)
16:45     Close  
17:00     Transport departs Exeter College Road entrance, St Luke's Campus

Transport from Penryn

There will be a 53 seater coach provided, for University of Exeter staff, to get you to the conference.  The coach will leave Penryn campus main reception at 07:30 in order to get all delegates to St Luke's campus by 10:00.  For the return journey, the coach will leave St Luke's campus between 17:00-17:15 and should arrive back in Penryn between 19:30-19:45. 

2017TSC Exhibitors parking map

Our sponsors for the 2017TSC


Why sponsor our conference?

  • Access to key users and the technicians buyers network from within the University of Exeter and other HEIs
  • One to one access to your key contacts at the dedicated “meet and eat” networking session
  • Opportunity to showcase your latest products/services
  • Excellent branding and sponsorship opportunities
  • Enjoy more face to face time with key delegates
  • Increase visibility and strengthen your brand image among delegates attending TS conference 2017 

If you would like to sponsor our event please click here and you will be taken to our online store webpages.