Science Technician Awards Posted on: 20 Dec 2017

The Academy’s Science Technicians fended off fierce competition from across the UK to win the prestigious Salters’ National Award for Science Technicians 2017, along with a £1,000 prize.  Judith McKie and Jade Norris were recently awarded this accolade for demonstrating that they were outstanding in enabling high quality practical work in science and for their dedication to professional learning and upskilling.

The Technician of the Year Award is designed to celebrate the significant role played by technicians in delivering outstanding support, innovation and professional development, and is supported by CLEAPSS and SSERC.  Judith and Jade travelled to London to accept the prize, proudly awarded by The Rt Hon Lord Willetts, Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation and Honorary Freeman of the Salters’ Company, who delivered a keynote address at the ceremony.

Speaking about the award, Head Science Technician Mrs McKie said: “Winning this award is an amazing achievement.  We feel extremely privileged and proud to have been chosen to receive this.  Students can now benefit from microscale science as we can provide extra equipment and resources to bring excitement back into practical science.”

Mr Hardie added: “Delivering high quality practical lessons in Science is integral to engaging pupils and helping them to achieve great success in examinations. As the majority of our pupils take Separate Sciences at GCSE and Biology, Chemistry and Physics are amongst our most popular A level subjects, Judith and Jade have a huge task in helping staff prepare for practical lessons.  They’ve achieved a great deal in extending the range of practical activities which students can experience for themselves and they thoroughly deserve the recognition that the Salters’ Award brings.”