Welcome to the University of Dundee's public engagement web pages.

The University's commitment to public engagement is communicated in our Public Engagement Strategy. The Strategy sets out how we support our staff and student to engage with audiences, communities and organisations. To find out more about how we support and embed engagement you can visit our Embedding Engagement page.

Our public engagement team work with staff and students from all Schools and Directorates, and with partner organisations across Scotland. We recognise the importance of sharing and involving others in our cultural engagement, scholarship and research.

We provide advice and training for staff and students looking to engage with public audiences. Each year we run regular events such as Discovery Days, Bright Club, Dundee Arts Café and Café Science Dundee, to support the development of skills and confidence. 

Alongside our community partners, we lead the University’s community engagement programme.

Find out more about the amazing cultural activities at the University of Dundee by following the #dundeeuniculture blog

Get Involved

The University of Dundee is committed to making a difference to the lives of the people of Dundee, Tayside and Scotland. We work with communities, schools, third and public sector organisations across our city and the region to support their aims and needs.

Whether you're an individual or an organisation get in touch with us to find out how we can work with you. Write to us at engage@dundee.ac.uk or call us on 01382 386669.

Graham Pullin and Corinne Hutton during the Hands of X project 


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Find your public engagement champion

If you work at the University of Dundee you can find your local public engagement champion in your School and Directorate please visit our Public Engagement Forum page. Members of the Forum act as contact points and champions of public engagement.

Gold Engage Watermark accredited in 2020

The Gold Engage Watermark awarded to the School of Life Sciences at the Uniersity of Dundee in 2017.

In 2020 the University of Dundee became the first university in Scotland – and only the third in the UK – to receive a Gold Engage Watermark in recognition of our commitment to public engagement.

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) runs the Engage Watermark – a charter mark awarded to universities for excellence in their support and practice of public engagement in all aspects of their work.

We were awarded the highest level of award following a rigorous assessment involving staff from across the University and partner organisations.

Just as a watermark runs through the fabric of a document, an Engage Watermark indicates that engagement runs through the fabric of our University.


The University is proud to be a signatory of the Manifesto for Public Engagement

The logo for signatories of the Manifesto for Public Engagement