University of Nottingham
Technical Skills Manager
Kelly Vere is the Technical Skills Development Manager at the University of Nottingham where she began her career as a trainee technician in 1999. Alongside her scientific role, she leads an award winning programme to enable the professional development of the University’s 700+ technical staff across the UK and Asia. Kelly has written for the Guardian and Times Higher Education on the role of university technicians. She has given a number of invited talks in this area, both nationally and internationally, and recently represented technicians in the Department of Work and Pensions’ #NotJustForBoys campaign, encouraging girls to explore technical careers in STEM. She is researching the roles of university technicians for her professional doctorate in education.
Kelly is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Registered Scientist (RSci). Kelly is currently on secondment with the Science Council where she leads on their engagement with the HE sector. In 2015, Kelly conceived and hosted the inaugural Higher Education Technicians Summit and Papin Prizes that recognise technical excellence in academia. In 2014 she was awarded “STEM Technician of the Year” by the Higher Education Academy for her “outstanding contribution to the work of all technicians in higher education”.
You can follow her on Twitter @kellyvere