Contact Us - Get Involved

Contact us if you would like to engage with the University of Dundee or if you work and study with us and would like more information on opportunities to engage. Whether you are a student, staff member, community leader or member of the public, and are interested in ways to get engage with the University of Dundee please contact Jon and Shabnam using the details below.


Postal address: Public Engagement and Major Events Office, 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 and Major Events team in External Relations.

Dr Jon Urch

Senior Public Engagement Officer

A headshot photograph of Jon Urch, Senior Public Engagement Officer at the University of Dundee. Copyright Janice Aitken.


Telephone: (+44) 1382 386669 / Ext: 86669

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

I enjoy bringing research to life in a way that speaks to each unique audience. I'm currently focussing on developing the University's public engagement strategy and embedding public engagement in everything we do.

I am responsible for ensuring consistency in approach to public engagement with research across the University, inputting into REF impact planning and raising awareness of parliamentary and policy issues relating to PER. I continue to play a role in planning and running core public engagement events and activity, such as Discovery Days, Café Science Dundee and Dundee Arts Café, and the realignment of the central teams focus on community audiences.

You can read my public engagement blog post here.

Shabnam Wasim

Public Engagement Officer

A headshot photograph of the University of Dundee's Public Engagement Officer, Shabnam WasimEmail:

Telephone: (+44) 1382 386660 / Ext: 86660

Biography: With a background in Anatomy and Human Identification, I understand the importance for researchers and academics to engage with the community. I support them to showcase their work and to discuss current topical issues with public audiences.

I promote the excellence of research across the University through Public Engagement festivals and events. I lead on the University's Community Engagement programme, to build and support links between the University and local communities.

I recently worked with the Boomerang project in Stobswell, and colleagues in Archives and Humanities, that focused on reminiscence and memories of Dundee. You can read a case study of the 'Eh Remimber tha' community engagement project here.