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You might remember a while ago we posted a YouTube clip of some science technicians playing round with some storage trays. Well we got in touch with the makers – the Science Tecnicians at Steyning Grammar School – and they have made another video for us, this time with loads of shiny new Gratnells Trays. More novel uses of Gratnells trays! It’s very clever and they look like they had great fun making it.

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Kathy Sykes presented the new Science Technician of the Year Award

I was at the ASE Science Technicians conference in York last year where once again Professor Kathy Sykes announced the Winner and Runners Up of the Gratnells Science Technician of the Year Award following her keynote speech to 200 technicians.

Now in its fourth year, the 2012 Award went to Phil Wilson, Senior Technician of Broadgreen International School in Liverpool. Described by his nominator as ‘enthusiastic, extremely efficient and reliable’, Phil is dedicated to teaching science. He spends a huge amount of personal time developing skills and updating his CPD and has a string of certificates and qualifications to show for all this hard work – and recently was the winner of an ENTHUSE Excellence Award for Science Technicians. (Phil was also teaching for both days at the ASE Conference and had to deliver a one-hour session to delegates immediately following the presentation of his Award.)

“I’m totally overwhelmed by winning such a key Award from Gratnells, and was over the moon when I heard the news that I’d won – and that Professor Sykes would be presenting the Awards. I hope this will highlight the key role science technicians play in the support and teaching of this important subject in our schools and academies across the UK”, said Phil after being declared ‘winner’. As well as picking up a trophy, Phil walked away with over £1,200 worth of cash and science storage systems and products from Gratnells and SciChem.

The two other winners, both senior technicians, were: Maria Dormer, Richard Huish College, Taunton (runner-up); Julie Mayhew, City of London Freemen’s School, Ashtead (3rd place).


I am absolutely delighted that Kathy Sykes shares our aims in highlighting the essential work tirelessly carried out by technicians across the UK, and has yet again supported us through the Gratnells Science Technician Awards.