Psychology technician is first at the University to achieve top status

natA technician with more than 20 years’ experience has become the first at the University of Sheffield to achieve a top professional status.

Natalie Kennerley, Assistant Technical Manager for Neuroscience in Psychology, is now a Chartered Scientist (CSci) under the Science Council’s professional registration scheme.

She is also the first to be awarded the status by the Institute of Science and Technology, which was granted a licence to do so in April.

Natalie said: “To say that I’m absolutely delighted and thrilled to have achieved CSci, as well as be the first person awarded CSci by the IST, the first person at the University of Sheffield and a woman would be an understatement.

“Indeed I have been shouting this from the rooftops to anybody who would listen! I’m immensely proud of myself and extremely grateful to my institution for giving me the freedom and support to develop.”

IST_withText_rgbCSci status is the highest level of the Science Council’s professional registration scheme, with Registered Scientist (RSci) and Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) making up the other strands. It is the equivalent to a Master’s degree, plus at least four years postdoctoral work.

The scheme is designed to give technical staff recognition for their skills, experience and contributions to scientific work. Technicians are required to meet certain professional standards to qualify for the status, which in turn demonstrates to others that they are experts in their fields.

As well as being an experienced immunohistochemistry technician and assistant technical manager, Natalie is the departmental safety officer in her department and co-founder of TechNet, a support network for technicians at the University of Sheffield and further afield.

logo-scShe also helps technicians who are going through the professional registration process themselves. Currently, technicians in the Faculty of Science can get support with their registration fees too.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Science, Professor Tony Ryan, said: “I was delighted to hear that Natalie was the first person to be awarded Chartered Scientist status by the Institute of Science and Technology. We have taken great strides in Sheffield in empowering our technical staff and supporting them through knowledge networks and opportunities for training.

“This is a great result for her as an individual but also for the University of Sheffield as an institution – and an acknowledgement of Natalie’s leadership in this field. We are truly proud of her!”

Jen Morgan, the Faculty’s Deputy Director of Operations, said: “Technical staff underpin the Faculty of Science’s excellence in teaching and research, and technical registration has provided a fantastic opportunity for their skills and experience to be benchmarked and recognised.

“We are hugely proud of the significant contribution that technicians such as Natalie Kennerley make to our Faculty and the wider technical community, not least as she has recently blazed a trail for others to follow in becoming the first person to be awarded Chartered Scientist by the Institute of Science and Technology. We are thrilled that Natalie’s expertise and dedication have been recognised in this way.”

Find out more about professional registration:

Technician registration at the University of Sheffield

The Institute of Science and Technology

Science Council Professional Registers

TechNet: Technicians’ Network