University technician celebrated by Times Higher Education and The Science Council


Date: 26th Nov 2020

In her nine years at Buckinghamshire New University, Samantha McCormack has pioneered innovative teaching methods to help the University transform students’ lives through skills-based teaching.

Driven by the student experience, Sam’s vision, creativity and exceptional practical skills have enabled the University to develop its technical provision for all stakeholders.

Tonight, Sam’s work in simulation and moulage is being recognised at the Times Higher Education Awards for the second year running. Sam is shortlisted as Outstanding Technician of the Year and was recently interviewed by The Science Council to discuss the honour.

Sam said, “When I received the notification that I was a finalist this year, it really was a wow moment. To be a finalist again has blown my mind.

I’m shocked, I’m honoured. It’s amazing to be in the final few deserving technicians across the country.”

Sam also discussed the Science Council’s Technician’s Commitment, for which the University has recently become a signatory.

The initiative aims to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research, across all disciplines.

Sam said, “The initiative has made a huge impact on me. All technicians play a vital role in their workplace.”

Listen to Sam’s full interview here.

Samantha McCormack

Buckinghamshire New University is also shortlisted in two more areas at tonight’s THE Awards.

Shortlisting in the category of Outstanding Marketing/Communications Team recognises the development and launch of the Bucks Employee Network (BEN), and nomination in the category of Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year celebrates Margaret Greenfields and the wider University for their work in widening participation amongst Gypsies, Travellers, Roma, Showmen and Boaters.


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