Kelly Vere is the Technical Skills Development Manager at the University of Nottingham. She leads an award-winning programme to enable the strategic and 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 featured in the UK Government's Department of Work and Pensions’ #NotJustForBoyscampaign, encouraging girls to explore technical careers in STEM. Kelly is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Registered Scientist (RSci). She is currently on secondment with the UK Science Council where she leads on engagement with the higher education sector to increase visibility, recognition and opportunity for technicians. Her work with the UK's Research Councils to ensure career development opportunities for technicians recently featured in Nature. Kelly founded and leads the UK's “Technician Commitment”, a collaborative initiative which ensures visibility, recognition, development and sustainability of technical roles in higher education and research.
Kelly founded the UK's 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”. In 2018 Kelly featured in the University of Nottingham exhibition “Women at Nottingham: Pressing for progress” as one of 14 female leaders and role models.
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