Public Engagement Funding available at University of Dundee

At the University of Dundee, our School of Life Sciences has Public Engagement Seed Funds available that provide funding to researcher driven projects 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. Please contact SLS-PublicEngagement@dundee.ac.uk for more information.

Professional Development for Public Engagement Professionals

At the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year, the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement will be launching 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 will provide access to the latest thinking and expertise about engagement policy and practice, offer opportunities for CPD and training, support members to share solutions and problems, and establish peer support mechanisms. Between June and September, we're hosting a number of free 'taster' events for prospective members.

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

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.

STEM Ambassador Scheme

Would you like to become a STEM Ambassador? Fife College are the co-ordinators of the scheme in Dundee that provide 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 www.stemeast.org.uk

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.