The University of Sheffield has nominated Lynne Baxter, a senior core facility technician in the Department of Neurosciences, for the Times Higher Education Outstanding Technician of 2020 award. She has received this nomination in recognition of her work on the MSc in Translational Neuropathology; her work on the Sheffield Brain Tissue Bank, culminating in a successful audit by the human tissue authority, and the development and delivery of Immunohistochemistry courses, accredited with the Society of Biomedical Science. Her contributions towards teaching have enabled Lynne to gain Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Lynne said of the nomination ‘Being nominated is unexpected but means a lot. It is recognition of the diverse work that technicians do. I’m hoping my nomination will inspire other technicians to think about how they can develop their own work in new and exciting directions. We can all contribute a great deal to the University’s research and teaching.’
The Times Higher Education awards are the biggest celebration of UK higher education and the event recognises outstanding work from both academia and professional services. Submissions were requested from all faculties across the University and were considered by the working group panel against the criteria set out by Times Higher Education. Lynne’s entry was chosen to go forward as the only nomination from the University of Sheffield. Shortlists will be produced in September with the awards ceremony planned for London in November.