Engineering technicians nominated for the Papin Prizes

Stuart Martin and Fergus Dingwall in a laboratory
Stuart Martin (left) and Fergus Dingwall (right)
Technicians Stuart Martin and Fergus Dingwall have been shortlisted for the Papin Prizes.

Fergus and Stuart were both nominated for significant contributions to community and outreach activities.

Of the hundreds of individuals and teams nominated in the UK, 61 technicians have been shortlisted across 10 categories. Nominations needed to meet criteria in success, inspiration, innovation, professional development, expertise or leadership and collaboration.

The Papin Prizes is the UK’s only award ceremony dedicated to celebrating technical excellence and innovation in higher education and research. The awards are named after Denis Papin, a 17th century technician who worked with Robert Boyle, known as a founder of modern chemistry. Papin invented the steam digester and was one of the first technicians to publish in his own name.

Mark Lauchlan, School of Engineering Technical Support Officer (TSO) and prize nominator, said:

“I nominated Fergus and Stuart for their hard work with East Lothian Council’s Foundation Apprenticeship program. This program provides valuable work experience placements for final year school students which prepares them for university or the world of work. Fergus and Stuart both have innovative approaches to their work with our Foundation Apprentices and they are dedicated to providing them with experiences that give them the strongest possible start to their careers. I'm delighted that their efforts are being recognised with a Papin nomination.”

The winners will be announced at the 2023 UK Higher Education Technicians Summit on Tuesday 4 July 2023 at the University of Warwick.

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