Prestigious award for Bolton technician

Posted on Monday 31st March 2014
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Ian Harrison

The esteemed, British Psychological Society’s Technical Support in Psychological Research Award 2014 has been won by University of Bolton Technical Officer, Ian Harrison.

Ian has worked at the University of Bolton for more than 35 years. He works primarily in the Psychology department but has helped out across many other departments during his time at Bolton.

He said: ‘To use the old cliché, it hasn’t sunk in yet. Obviously I am very pleased to have been given this award in recognition of my work here and look forward to receiving it on behalf of the Psychology Department and the University.’

Ian was nominated for the prize by Psychology lecturer, Prof Jerome Carson. In his nomination letter Prof Carson cited Ian’s outstanding abilities in research, communication and problem solving amongst many others.

Said Prof Carson: ‘Since I arrived in Bolton in September 2012, I have realised how much Ian did for the Psychology Department. He was not just incredibly helpful to me, but I could see all the things he did for the students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, as well as staff colleagues. He also helps our colleagues from other disciplines.

‘I felt that such amazing and dedicated service over a 30-year period needed acknowledging and rewarding. When I discovered he had won the British Psychological Society's award, I was delighted and I think more excited than Ian. Often awards go to the already very famous and well known. In Ian's case, it has gone to someone who has dedicated his life to the service of others to help them in their careers, not to advance his own.’

The application included testimonials from a range of people including PhD and undergraduate students and University of Bolton professors from various departments. 

Ian said: ‘It is both a humbling and flattering experience to read these comments as colleagues obviously put time and thought into these remarks. I was also pleased to see students past and present took time to respond.’

The award is given annually to recognise the valuable role that technicians play in supporting research in psychology departments across the UK.

In recognition of his achievement, Ian will be honoured not once, but twice. He will be presented with a commemorative certificate at the British Pstchological Society's (BPS) Annual Conference at the ICC in Birmingham 7-9 May, 2014, and the Association of Technical Staff in Psychology’s (ATiSP) Annual Conference at Edinburgh Napier University, June 25-27, 2014.