Winners of the 2018 Stephen Fry Awards for Public Engagement with Research

University of Dundee researchers have been praised by Stephen Fry after their efforts in communicating research to the public won them awards named after the University’s former rector.

The 2018 Public Engagement Project of the Year was won by Hands of X, a collaboration that designs made-to-order prosthetic hands in a range of materials and colours according to the wearers’ preference. The team included Dr Graham Pullin, Dr Andrew Cook and Eddie Small from the University, as well as colleagues from other organisations.

Dr Daniel Cook, of the University’s English department, has been named Engaged Researcher of the Year in recognition the role he has played in bringing the works of Mary Shelley, H.G.Wells and Jonathan Swift to life for new audiences in Dundee as part of the national Being Human Festival. Read more on the Stephen Fry Award Winners here.

Life Sciences Gold Award for Public Engagement

Congratulations to the University's School of Life Sciences who have been awarded a prestigious Gold Watermark for its work in bringing world-class science to the wider community. The School is the first to receive the faculty-level Gold Engage Watermark award from the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, demonstrating that they are a beacon of excellence when it comes to sharing the work they do with the wider community and show how public engagement has built substantial momentum over several years. Read more about the School's Engage Watermark here.

Research, Impact and the UK Parliament - training opportunities for academic researchers 

The Houses of Parliament are offering regional training events for academic researchers called ‘Research, Impact and the UK Parliament.’ The aim of the events is to enhance how we use research to engage with Parliament. The events take place monthly across different regions with the UK.

There is an attendance fee of £40, including VAT. See here for the upcoming dates and regions of the training, and to book a place at one of the events. The next available session is the afternoon of Tuesday 12 December 2017 in Newcastle, followed by Monday 15 January 2018 in Leicester and Wednesday 21 February in Liverpool.


Bright Club Dundee Training: Finding Humour in your Research

When: Monday 19th February 2018. 5-9pm

Where: Main campus, University of Dundee

Calling out to all you budding comedians! Susan Morrison is coming back to Dundee to help train the next generation of Bright Clubbers!
If you’re a researcher, academic or student at the University of Dundee, and you are looking for a new public engagement opportunity or want a new challenge, then this is the right workshop for you.

To find out more and to book your place, please email us at


STEM Ambassador Scheme

Would you like to become a STEM Ambassador? Fife College is the new co-ordinator of the scheme in Dundee tha provides a link between local schools and event organisers who would like to connect with enthusiastic staff and students in science, technology, engineering and maths fields.

For more information please visit


Informal Cafe Discussions

Please see the Cafe Science Dundee and Dundee Arts Cafe websites to find out about informal and inspiring events in your local area.