“Inspiring example of truly outstanding technician”

The judges also praised Dr Kunz’s work to empower students to take care of their mental health, and her relentless pursuit of the highest-quality data. They also highlighted a comment from one of her colleagues, who said: "Barbara seamlessly switches between the roles of academic, teacher and technical staff.”

On receiving the award, she said:

“I am really honoured to have won the Outstanding Technician of the Year award in the first year it was awarded. Thanks to the judges for selecting me as the winner especially with such strong and brilliant competition from the other shortlisted candidates. 

“Thanks to the Times Higher Education and the Technician Committee for creating and sponsoring a category where the often behind-the-scenes work of technicians in higher education can be honoured and celebrated.

A massive thank you to The Open University and the people I have the privilege to work with at the OU, to Dr Frances Jenner who nominated me as well as those who support me externally within the FAMOS consortium. They provide me with opportunities and challenges to be at my best and continue to develop as a technician, researcher, teacher as well as a person. “

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