Aston University employee, David Walton, was one of the recipients of the first West Midlands Technician of the Year Awards.
David, who works as a laboratory technician for Aston University, won the Technical Work in Support of Research Award, while Sue from the Heart of England School in Balsall Common won the Technical Work in Support of Education. They received their awards at a special ceremony held at Aston University as part of the British Science Festival.
The awards were set up to recognise excellence in technical work in support of chemical sciences across the wide spectrum of activities which utilise and depend on chemistry-based technicians in the West Midlands.
David Walton said: “I was surprised, delighted and honored to have won this award and would like to thank the people who nominated me. I think the award is a very positive showcase for technical staff everywhere, whether based in industry or academia, particularly when put in context of the British Science Festival. Hopefully such an event will encourage people to nominate their technical staff in the future.”
Sue Izon said: “I was amazed but delighted to hear that I had won the award even though there must have been stiff competition as there are a lot of dedicated technicians out there. Many thanks to Joan and Chris and to the rest of the Science Technician Team at Heart of England School for their support.”
Nominations for the three awards were open to anyone providing technical support to those working in chemical sciences from Birmingham, Coventry, Wolverhampton and Stoke-on-Trent.
One of the judges, Lynda Thrift said: “This has been an amazing start to what we hope will be a very successful long-running awards programme. It’s so important to reward the unsung heroes out there who are working hard to support academics and encourage school children to get involved in science. The standard of nominations was very high indeed but we felt that David and Sue really stood out amongst their peers. I’d like to thank everyone who nominated a colleague and also to congratulate everyone who was nominated and thank them for the inspiring work they are doing.”
The award has been developed in partnership between University of Aston, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Advantage West Midlands, University of Warwick and HEaTeD to recognise excellence in technical work in support of chemical sciences across all sectors, including business, education, research and government in the region.
Notes to Editors
The West Midlands Chemistry Technician was hosted at Aston University on Wednesday 15 September. A staff photographer was present and photographs are available to press.
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