The Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee being presented with their Gold Engage Watermark from Paul Manners and Sophie Duncan of the NCCPECongratulations to the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee who have been awarded a Gold Engage Watermark from the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement. The team achieved the highest level of award possible in recognition of their excellent public engagement work.


Front cover of Public Engagement StrategyThe University of Dundee has published our first Public Engagement Strategy, which outlines how we value public engagement and support our staff and students to engage with communities, audiences and organisations.


Training and Development / Funding News / Celebrating our Engagement

Training and Development News

Finding Humour in Your Work and Study / Bright Club Training

When: Monday 20 January 2019, 5.15pm-8.15pm
Where: City campus, University of Dundee
Booking: Please book via the OPD booking system, or by emailing us at

Details: If you want to try your hand at a new way of public engagement, then come along to this workshop, and develop your skills in stand-up comedy and public speaking. The training can really boost confidence in public speaking or just hone and enhance skills you may already have in public engagement. The training will develop your communication skills about the work you do at the University, whether it is about student life, or your research. We’ll help you find the humour and give you tips on performing!

To find out more please email us.

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

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.

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.

Celebrating Our Public Engagement

Winners of the 2019 Stephen Fry Awards for Public Engagement with Research

University of Dundee researchers have been praised by Stephen Fry as they were awarded the University's public engagement awards, named after the University's former rector.

The 2019 Public Engagement Project of the Year was awarded to the Centre for Research into Cancer Prevention and Screening, at our School of Medicine. The award recognises the work of Prof Annie Anderson and Prof Bob Steele.

Prof Niamh Nic Daeid, Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, was named 2019 Engaged Researcher of the Year.

Read more on the Stephen Fry Award Winners here.

Two Gold Awards for Public Engagement

The University's School of Life Sciences and Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science who both been awarded a prestigious Gold Engage Watermark for their work in sharing world-class science and involving the wider community. The School and Centre are the first in the UK to receive faculty Gold Engage Watermark award from the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement. The watermark demonstrates that they are a beacon of excellence when it comes to sharing the work they do with the wider community.