TheThe Gold Engage Watermark awarded to the School of Life Sciences at the Uniersity of Dundee in 2017. University are proud to have been awarded a Gold Engage Watermark from the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement.

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Celebrating Our Public Engagement

2021 Stephen Fry Public Engagement Award winners

On 28 April 2021 the winners of the 2021 Stephen Fry Awards were announced by the Principal and Stephen Fry. In 2021 the awards received the most nominations and applications in their ten-year history. The selection panel were very impressed by the depth and breadth of engagement across the University.

Laura Jones - 2021 Engaged Early Career Researcher of the Year

Laura is research student in the School of Social Sciences who is helping to break down the barriers that women experiencing commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) face in accessing support.

Women experiencing CSE - including those selling or exchanging sex - are understood to have limited social support, and Laura focusses her research on the formal and informal relationships that can help or hinder exiting CSE.

Dr Andrea Rodriguez - 2021 Engaged Researcher of the Year

Andrea Rodriguez, from the University’s School of Dentistry, was named Engaged Researcher of the Year for her work in co-designing a programme to improve oral health among young people experiencing homelessness.

The programme ultimately identified ways of improving how the next generation of dental, health and social care professionals interact with those without a permanent address, and even led to the creation of a knowledge exchange on youth homelessness between Scotland and Brazil.

Educational Comics - 2021 Engagement Project of the Year

The Educational Comics team have created educational comics for partners including charities, creative economies, and the health and education sectors.

The comics tackle misunderstood medical conditions, complex scientific issues, and matters of public interest, increased awareness of issues for a range of audiences. The project has also supported the development of 23 comics artists, as well establishing new community and project partnerships.

Read more on the previous Stephen Fry Award Winners here.

Three Gold Awards for Public Engagement

The University of Dundee is proud to be Gold Engage Watermark accredited institution. The Engage Watermark is a national accreditation issued to higher education institutions for the support and practice of public engagement by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). The watermark demonstrates that the University is a beacon of excellence when it comes to sharing our work and engaging the wider community.

The School of Life Sciences (2017) and Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science (2019) were both awarded a prestigious Gold Engage Watermark for their work in sharing world-class science and engaging the wider community. The School and Centre were the first in the UK to receive faculty Gold Engage Watermark awards in the UK.

Training and Development News

Networks for Public Engagement Professionals - PEP Network

In 2018 the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement launched a new network for public engagement professionals (PEPs) across the UK. This national network aims to mobilise the collective experience and skills of PEPs and support their career development. It provides access to the latest thinking and expertise about engagement policy and practice, offering opportunities for CPD and training. The PEP network also supports members to share solutions and problems, and establish peer support.

For more information on the Public Engagement Professional network visit the NCCPE website.


ScotPEN is an inclusive network of people involved in public engagement in Scotland. The network provides peer support, collaborative opportunities and a voice to shape and share good engagement practice.

You can find our more on the ScotPEN website or on the very active ScotPEN Facebook group.

STEM Ambassador Scheme

Would you like to become a STEM Ambassador and inspire the next generation of thinkers? Fife College manage the STEM Ambassador scheme for Dundee. They provide a link between local schools and event organisers who would like to connect with our staff and students in science, technology, engineering and maths fields.

For more information please visit the Stem Ambassadors website.

Open Consultations at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament are seeking expert and impartial advice from academics across Scotland. There are several calls for evidence and consultations. Here you can provide written evidence and the University encourages our staff and students to engage with the Parliament through consultations. The direct or indirect influence of your parliamentary engagement, can affect real, positive change for communities and nations


Funding News

Public Engagement Funding available at University of Dundee

The University of Dundee has Public Engagement Seed Funds available that provide funding to develop novel public engagement ideas within Wellcome's remit (health and wellbeing). Applications are welcome from all staff groups and students, from every area of the University. The Seed Funds are managed by our School of Life Sciences. Please contact for more information.

Please note this scheme will close for applications on 31 May 2021.

STFC Reaction Award - Science and Technology Public Engagement

The STFC Reaction Award scheme is open. The Reaction Awards scheme funds public engagement programmes that respond quickly to new or unexpected developments related to STFC's science and technology remit.

Applicants to The Reaction Awards Scheme are advised contact the Public Engagement Team to discuss their Reaction Award application.