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About the award

The Higher Education Bioscience Technician of the Year Award seeks to recognise the superb work of technical staff, which underpins the bioscience research and teaching at all levels in universities across the UK and Ireland.

The award recognises technical staff who are:

  1. Applying professional technical knowledge and expertise
  2. Acquiring & effectively applying personal/professional development
  3. Making a positive impact and inspiring others
  4. Demonstrating leadership & collaboration
  5. Delivering innovation and efficiency

Why not advertise the Award at your university with our 2019 poster?


The Higher Education Bioscience Technician of the Year Award has been developed jointly by the Royal Society of Biology and the University Bioscience Managers Association (UBMA). This is the second year this award has been made and will be awarded at the UBMA 36th Annual Conference at Coventry University on Friday 3rd May 2019


There will be prizes awarded for 1st and 2nd place, consisting of £400 & £200 respectively to spend as they wish, one year’s free Membership of the Royal Society of Biology at the appropriate grade, one year’s free Registered Science Technician registration (upon receipt of successful application) and invitation to one day of the UBMA conference to accept award and certificate at the conference dinner.

What we are looking for

We are looking for a personal summary of how you have made a difference to your school, department or university. It doesn’t matter if you are starting your career or are already well established at your university. You could be a trainee technician or laboratory manager or indeed at any stage in your career, the important thing is that you have made a positive impact in your department, university or to the wider scientific community and we would like to recognise that achievement. The criteria above are a guideline of the type of things we are looking for but if you think you have made a difference in another way please tell us about that.

How to apply

The award is open to all technical staff, at any stage in their career, employed in a teaching, research or management role in the HE bioscience sector in UK and Ireland. Individuals can enter by being nominated, either by themselves or a colleague, using our application form by noon on Friday 11th January 2019.

If you have any questions regarding the award process, please contact Rosie Wakeham.

Judging panel

UBMA Chair - Mr Michael O' Sullivan CBiol MRSB
UBMA Secretary - Ms Debbie Baker
Host of UBMA’s Imperial conference - Ms. Anne Mac Mahon
Individual nominated by RSB – Prof Neville Punchard CBiol FRSB