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Abigail Mortimer shortlisted for Outstanding Technician of the Year Award

Posted on 9 September 2022

Glassblower Abigail Mortimer has been shortlisted for the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Outstanding Technician of the Year Award 2022.

The winners of the Times Higher Education (THE) awards, which are known as the "Oscars of higher education", will be announced in November in London. Each year the awards attract hundreds of entries that exemplify the talent, dedication and innovation of individuals and teams across all aspects of university life.

Abigail Mortimer is a scientific glassblower in the Department of Chemistry, supporting our undergraduate teaching laboratories, and a wide range of research activities through the design and production of bespoke apparatus. 

Abby produces large volumes of specialist glassware and provides an almost endless repairs service – every undergraduate passing through York Chemistry Department has used something either made or fixed by Abby. Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers enjoy dropping into Abby’s workshop to discuss the innovative things she could create to support their research projects.   

Often behind the scenes, much of the department research and teaching output could not happen without Abby. In addition, Abby is a passionate proponent of the Technician Commitment, and has been pivotal in its launch, development and success at the University of York.

Dr Graeme McAllister, Technical Operations Manager in the Department of Chemistry, said: "I am thrilled that Abby has received this well-deserved nomination. Abby has the incredible ability to take a researcher’s idea from a blue-sky description to a piece of quality laboratory equipment. All of us in the Department of Chemistry send our warmest congratulations.”

The University of York also received nominations for International Collaboration of the Year and Outstanding Support for Students.