The University's Public Engagement Forum

Our Public Engagement Forum is a group of leaders and champions of public engagement from all of our academic Schools and our professional services Directorates. Meetings are chaired by Prof John Rowan, our Vice-Principal for Research, Knowledge Exchange and Wider Impact.

The Forum is a sub-committee of Senate and reports in to the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee. This formal structure exemplifies the emphasis the University places on engagement.

The Public Engagement Forum first met in May 2018, and meets every two months. The Forum is action-focused and is leading the University's efforts to embed our already excellent public engagement activity in all that we do.

The Forum aims to

  • Implement and raise awareness of the Public Engagement Strategy that states our vision and sets out the ways in which we support engagement in our University community
  • Support the sharing and development of best practice between different areas of the University
  • Help the University of Dundee to become Scotland's most engaged University

The current focus of the Forum is delivering on our Engage Watermark Action Plan. We have created five working groups involving members of the Forum, our Public Engagement Network and our University community to monitor progress on these actions. The five working groups are below.

  1. Advocacy and Strategy - Led by John Rowan
  2. Celebrating our Successes - Led by Anna Robb and Paul O'Mahoney
  3. Evaluation and Recording - Led by Jon Urch
  4. Partnerships - Led by Margaret Teven
  5. Supporting our Staff and Students - Led by Andrea Rodriguez

For more information on the activities of the Working Groups please contact the Working Group leads.


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Public Engagement Champions and Members of the Public Engagement Forum

Each School and Directorate has at least one representative on the Public Engagement Forum, alongside two members of our student's union (DUSA) executive. You can find your Forum representative/s on the list below (alphabetically by Directorate, then School).

University Executive

John Rowan (Chair) - Vice Principal for Research, Knowledge Exchange and Wider Impact and lead of the Forum's Advocacy and Strategy Working Group



Zechariah Laari - Vice-President Academia


Academic and Corporate Governance

Rebecca Coatswith


Doctoral Academy

Sandra Oza


Estates and Campus Services

Kevin Frediani - Curator University of Dundee Botanic Garden


External Relations

Emma Shea



Pam Houston


Human Resources

Lisa Anderson - Organisational and Professional Development

Ajit Trivedi - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


Institute of Sport and Exercise

Audrey Duncan


Library and Learning Centre, and Culture and Information

Caroline Brown - Culture and Information

Moya Fox - Library and Learning Centre

Matthew Jarron - Culture and Information


Research and Innovation Services

Ann Brown

Margaret Teven - Lead of the Forum's Partnerships Working Group

Jon Urch - Lead of the Forum's Evaluation and Recording Working Group


Student Services

Shona Johnston



Currently vacant


School of Art and Design 

Janice Aitken

Tamara Richardson


School of Business

Norin Arshed

Stephen Knox

Linn McFarlane


School of Dentistry

Andrea Rodriguez - Co-lead of the Supporting our Staff and Students Working Group


School of Education and Social Work

Richard Holme

Kristi Herd

Fernando Lannes Fernandes

Anna Robb  - Co-lead of the Celebrating our Successes Working Group


School of Health Sciences

Appointment of new lead is due soon


School of Humanities

Chris Murray


School of Life Sciences

Erin Hardee

Nicola Stanley-Wall


School of Medicine

Laureano de la Vega

Christopher Henstridge

Ros Langston

Gillian Martin - Tayside Clinical Trials unit

Paul O'Mahoney - Co-lead of the Celebrating our Successes Working Group

Amy Rogers


School of Science and Engineering

Margi Vilnay

Heather Doran - Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science


School of Social Sciences

Lorraine van Blerk


Upcoming meetings

14:05-15:25 - Tuesday 16 August 2022

15:05-16:25 - Thursday 27 October 2022

10:35-11:55 - Monday 12 December 2022


Minutes and agendas from recent meetings
University of Dundee users only

Forum 21 - Tuesday 14 June 2022

Forum 20 - Monday 28 February 2022

Forum 19 - Tuesday 14 December 2021

Forum 18 - Agenda 31 August 2021

Forum 17 - Agenda 14 June 2021

Forum 16 - Agenda 8 February 2021

Forum 15 - Agenda 10 December 2020

Forum 14 - Agenda 15 September 2020

Forum 13 - Minutes 23 June 2020

Forum 12 - Minutes 29 April 2020

Forum 11 - Minutes 2 April 2020

Forum 10 - Minutes 17 February 2020

Forum 9 - Minutes 29 November 2019

Forum 8 - Minutes 10 September 2019

Forum 7 - Minutes 11 June 2019

Forum 6 - Minutes 18 April 2019

Forum 5 - Minutes 20 February 2019

Forum 4 - Minutes 6 December 2018

Forum 3 - Minutes 11 October 2018

Forum 2 - Minutes 16 August 2018

Forum 1 - Minutes 8 May 2018