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"I saw registration as a way to gain recognition for my skills and ongoing development gained over the years."

Heather Ford CSci

Background

I run a small, but highly trained team of technicians who provide technical support for the two laboratories which cover Biosciences and Natural Sciences. I joined the University as a trainee technician 37 years ago and have worked in a number of research labs and teaching labs during this time. Through this my skills were gained working alongside experienced professionals. In 2004 with the creation of a new large teaching laboratory for Biosciences, I was asked to head up a small team of technicians to run this facility, I oversaw the expansion of the laboratory from 120 to create 200 seats and more recently I have been involved in the creation of the new 60 seater collaborative laboratory.

Why I applied to be a Registered Scientist

I saw registration as a way to gain recognition for my skills and ongoing development gained over the years. Initially I was unsure at what level to apply for, as all of my skills and experience were gained via work based training. My family and work colleagues encouraged me to go for Chartered Scientist (CSci) and after talking to the Science Council regarding my skills I then felt reassured to apply for this level.

Benefits of Professional Registration

For myself on a personnel and professional level I can take pride and reassurance, thanks to this recognition, my work in this role is of the highest level. The benefits to the University are to show they have well trained professional staff and staff who are committed to continuing development.

Conclusions and recommendations

I would recommend professional registration to my colleagues regardless of their qualifications as a platform to gain the recognition for either via work base activities or in house training and thus a benefit for their future development. The qualification is seen as a mark of the professionalism within the service and the wider science community.