Technician of the Year for STEM (across all disciplines)
Kelly Vere is a Senior Technician and Laboratory Manager in the University of Nottingham’s School of Life Sciences and Faculty of Engineering, based in the Institute of Biophysics, Imaging and Optical Science.
Kelly is very aware of the positive contribution technical staff make to students’ learning experiences. Over her career she has supported many students through degree programmes by assisting in research projects and laboratory classes, providing pastoral care and proofreading many PhD theses! Scientifically, Kelly has co-authored a number of research publications and presented her research nationally and internationally.
Kelly is passionate about ensuring recognition of the crucial role that technicians play in the success of their institutions. She has been very active in championing the role of the university technician. In 2011 she gained an MA in International Higher Education at the University of Nottingham. The work from her thesis ‘University technicians: undervalued, misused & misunderstood?’ has featured in Times Higher Education and the Guardian. She has given a number of invited talks in this area.
In 2013 she embarked on a Professional Doctorate in Education aiming to increase the academic research available on the technical role in higher education. In parallel, she is leading a programme to enable and improve professional development of 600+ technical staff across her University.
Kelly is Head of Special Projects at the Institute of Science and Technology and a Registered Scientist (RSci) accredited by the Science Council. She sits on the Committee of the University Bioscience Managers' Association and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Senior Technician and Laboratory Manager
University of Nottingham