Public engagement support for Life Sciences researchers

We offer assistance to researchers who want to get involved in public engagement.

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What can we do for you?

Whether it's help with a public engagement grant section, training, planning an activity, or support for evaluation and reflection, the SLS Public Engagement team are here to help!


Regular calls to participate in School-led events are communicated via email. If you want to take part in other events or organise your own, contact us directly or attend one of our monthly drop-in sessions (details below).

If you have participated in an event, please contact us so we can track levels of engagement from staff and students in the School.


There's no need to reinvent the wheel! The team has put together helpful resources to make your public engagement experience as smooth and robust as possible.


Talent and Development have a programme that runs throughout the academic year. There are a number of workshops (many only a half day in length) which are public engagement related or provide opportunities to learn skills that can translate to public engagement activities. 

If you don’t see a training opportunity that you feel would help you with your participation in public engagement please get in touch (details below).

University of Dundee Public Engagement Network and newsletter

The University of Dundee Public Engagement Network is a group of people committed to public engagement. Open to all staff and students who have direct roles in delivering, advising or supporting public and community engagement activity. The Network meets every 6-8 weeks.

Join the Public Engagement Network

Sign up for the Public Engagement Newsletter

University of Dundee Public Participation and Involvement Network

The Public Participation and Involvement (PPI) Network is for researchers, teachers, and anyone else in the University, who involve the public (including patients, service users, and communities) in research and teaching activity. The PPI network combines a short case presentation with discussions on experience, on topics relevant to public involvement such as ethics, encouraging diverse participation, the community perspective, and public affairs. In this way, the network aims to facilitate public involvement and recognise the importance of public involvement in achieving impact and engagement.

The network is co-chaired by Dr Jean McEwan-Short and Dr Leeanne McGurk. Please contact them to learn more about the Network and upcoming meetings.


Public engagement with research is now a vital part of grant applications. We have collated information that should help get you started. If you would like to discuss your plans further, please get in touch with us by email as there are many ways that we can support you.  

Public engagement small funding requests form (from £1 - £100)

Need funding of less than £100? If you need to pay for items for events or for transport to attend an event you are participating in, apply to the Public Engagement Small Funding Scheme. Applications are taken all year round but need to be submitted a minimum of two weeks prior to the event. This scheme is open to SLS staff and students. 

Have a question for our Public Engagement team?

Come and speak to Erin Hardee, Ali Floyd, Ailsa Mackintosh, and Amy Cameron at our monthly drop-in sessions. These are held at 9:30 am on the third Tuesday of the month. 

Alternatively, contact us: