The John Robinson Professional Development Awards

To celebrate the coming together of NABBS & UBMA in 2012, UBMA announced a limited number of Sponsorships in support of applications for Professional Registration, to Registered Science Technician (RSciTech), Registered Scientist (RSci).  These sponsored awards are named in memory of John Robinson, a previous UBMA Chair and Member for many years.

We invite applications from aspiring Bioscience Technical staff employed at our member Institutions, unless currently their employer runs a scheme to pay for membership and professional registration.  A CV together with a letter of recommendation from a line manager or supervisor should be submitted via email to

The sponsorship will cover one year’s fee toward achieving Professional Registration and one year’s membership of a licensing body, the Institute of Science & Technology.

In capturing career development and on the job learning alongside any formal qualifications, achieving Professional Registration,  whilst developing this transferable skill set, also demonstrates applied scientific knowledge, competence and commitment to high standards of professionalism.  Professional Registration will provide recognition, status and a potentially competitive edge for career progression.

Congratulations to the following UBMA sponsored members who have gained registration to date:

  • Luke Moore (RSciTech) – Abertay University
  • Fiona Moulton (RSci) – University of Leeds
  • Sue Marcus (RSci) – University of Leeds
  • Danielle Yates (RSciTech)- Nottingham Trent University
  • Fiona Campbell (RSci)- University of Leeds
  • Halina Norbertczak (RSci) – University of Leeds
  • Natalie Fox (RSci) – University of Leeds

Further details describing the Registration process and benefits can be found at:

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HE Bioscience Technician of the Year Award

Applications close 30.11.17

Could you be the first ever HE Bioscience Technical Staff Member of the Year?

Gain national recognition for superb technical work underpinning bioscience research, teaching and learning in UK and Irish Universities

Applications are invited from HE Technical staff, at any stage in their career, employed in a teaching, research or management role in the field of Bioscience.

The winner receives:

  • £400 to spend as they wish
  • A year’s free membership of the Royal Society of Biology
  • Free attendance to one day of the UBMA conference 2018

In recognising the breadth, depth and diversity of skills held by the HEI Biosciences sector technical staff in the UK and Ireland, this award will showcase the impact and value their technical knowledge and expertise brings to the successful delivery and development of Teaching, Learning and Research across the sector.

This award builds on UBMA’s existing commitment to the development of HEI Bioscience Technicians through its “John Robinson” Professional Development Awards.

Find out more at:

HE Bioscience Technician of the Year