Re: RE.RE words

From:Richard Pitman <>

I agree with everything you two say, except that I do not wish to be labelled a 'Laboratory Manager'. I am a Chief / Head MLSO, and I'm proud to be called one. This makes it clear that I have appropriate training and experience, unlike certain individuals who enjoy the title 'Laboratory Business Manager', or similar. As I've said privately, it's probably a UK NHS phenomena. Far too many 'managers', not enough workers, is the general perception over here.

I don't do much lab work these days. To quote one of my staff, 'All Richard does is play with his computer, or order rubber gloves'.

Richard Pitman FIBMS,
Head MLSO,
Dept of Histology, Cytology & Immunology,
Worcester Royal Infirmary NHS Trust

>>> "R.Wadley" <> 12/05/00 01:22am >>>
	Hi All,

	I'm with Christine an this one.  I proudly call myself Laboratory Manager,
although chief cook & bottle washer sometimes seems more appropriate.  

	The hassle is with people who have the management qualifications & know
nothing about the science.

	As scientists it is inevitable that to advance we must take on more
managerial roles.  This does drag you away from 'the bench', but at least
the decisions made are made by some-one who knows what the effect will be.

	It might just be different terminology but the title Lab Manager is fine
by me, my management qualifications have been learnt 'on the job', my
degree is in Laboratory Science.  I could do a Masters in Management but it
would cost $20,000 & achieve nothing.

	Getting off the soap box now.


	Rob W.

At 08:46 12/05/2000 +1000, you wrote:
>I seem to have missed the beginning of a discussion, but the jist of the
>matter as I understand it is that there is some distain for the words
>'Laboratory Manager'
>I find this a sad occurrence. Firstly there are some who have the title of
>their jobs dictated by higher authorities. Secondly if Laboratory
>Professionals do not take the responsobility for their own management then
>it is most likely that their management duties will be devolved to
>Administrative Managers who have no laboratory training at all. For myself,
>I don't care what people call me, my duty statemant says Principal
>Scientific Oficer. Responsibitites - the mangement of the section.
>When Scientific Officers loss control of their departments to pure
>often they have no one to blame but themselves. I find my biggest
>managerial task is just keeping 'the ship' on course and steered towards
>our benchmark.    
>These are my thoughts on the matter and I would be grateful if someone
>could forward to me the e-mails that started this distain of the title -
>Laboratory Manager.
>Christine Lee, MBA (Technology Management)
>Principal Scientific Officer, 
>School of Veterinary Science,
>University of Queensland.
>    P.S If anyone is going to smoke at the ears over what I have said,
>please do it nicely. Laboratory managers cop heaps from all sides.
Robert Wadley,
Laboratory Manager
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School of Microbiology & Immunology
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