Contact Us

If you are a student, staff member, community leader, member of the public, or work in the cultural and third sectors and want to engage with the University please contact Jon, Shabnam and Emma.


Postal address: Tower Building, University of Dundee, DD1 4HN.

You can also follow us on Twitter at @engageUoD.

About Us

We support the University of Dundee's staff and students to maximise the social impact of our teaching, learning and research activity.

Jon Urch and Shabnam Wasim have over twenty years' experience in public and community engagement. We are the central hub for all public engagement activities in the University. We are proud to be part of the Public Engagement team in Research and Innovation Services.

Dr Jon Urch

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Senior Public Engagement Officer


Telephone: (+44) 1382 386669

Biography: I was bitten by the public engagement bug when I took part in the nationwide project as a postdoctoral researcher. Discussing my research with adults and children in science centres gave me new perspectives and renewed enthusiasm for my work.

I enjoy bringing the University's work to life in a way that speaks to each unique audience. I'm currently focussing on delivering our Engage Watermark Action Plan and implementing the University's successful Bronze Race Equality Chartermark. I lead on our team's focus on community audiences and cultural engagement. 

I am responsible for ensuring consistency in approach to public engagement across the University. I also raise awareness of parliamentary and policy issues and support our staff and students in their engagement activities. I continue to play a role in planning and running core public engagement events and activity, such as Discovery Days and the Stephen Fry Awards for Public Engagement.

I provide training and advice across the University and within the public engagement sector on all aspects of public engagement in Higher Education. And independently, advise institutions on the Engage Watermark process.

You can read my public engagement blog post here.

Shabnam Wasim

Public Engagement Officer

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Telephone: (+44) 1382 386660


I lead on Community Engagement, with a priority to reach out and engage local people from areas in Dundee. This helps to embed our university locally. I build and maintain relationships with local organisations and stakeholders, working towards supporting local community plans and priorities.

I am responsible for working with local communities and partners to deliver long-term community engagement projects. I facilitate two-way engagement with communities, whilst also supporting our academics in their community engagement projects.

You can read my case study of The Reminiscence project here.

I also deliver our core public engagement events and activity, such as the Public Engagement Celebration Day, Discovery Days, Café Science Dundee and Dundee Arts Café.

Emma Preston

Cultural Projects Officer


Telephone: (+44) 1382 386995


In my role as Cultural Projects Officer I am responsible for the planning, programming and delivery of the University’s core festival, Festival of the Future. I maintain and develop relationships with key cultural partners such as V&A Dundee, UNESCO City of Design, Dundee City Council, Cultural Agencies Network, Scottish Books Festival Network and Creative Scotland. 

The festival showcases our talented university community and the partners we work with in accessible and interactive ways. It encourages audiences to immerse themselves in the culture of the University and breaking down barriers to engagement. Festival of the Future is the place where science meets culture, where technology and innovation connect with dance, theatre and music. Through a series of performances, talks, interactive events and workshops, this national festival which takes place in October each year, amplifies the best of the University, the City, Scotland and beyond.