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James Fox-Robinson, Lead Theatre Technician in the Student Enrichment Directorate, has been nominated for Outstanding Technician of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards.

What do you think when you think technician? A colleague working with students in a lab, or supporting academic teams with their research work?

James Fox-Robinson’s recent nomination for Outstanding Technician of the Year at the THE awards might make you think again! Working in the University’s Assembly Rooms Theatre, James is a technician based in a non-academic department – an area we are keen to grow.

Find out more from James…

“Working across the Assembly Rooms, Student Technicians, the Department of Physics and Student Welfare, with help from the audio visual team and other colleagues, I worked on a wellbeing project during the exam period. ‘The Final Frontier’ was an immersive experience within the theatre with multimedia presentations using material from the computational cosmology dept, relaxation spaces with light shows and student curated soundtracks, reflections based on the names of the Mars Rovers, poetry on finding head space, and even a glow in the dark area!

"We demonstrated that, as technicians, we can play a creative leadership role.”

Winners will be announced on 17 November at an awards ceremony in London – good luck James!