Public Engagement in the School of Science and Engineering

We are committed to public engagement as part of University’s Public Engagement Strategy

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As a University, our mission is to transform lives locally and globally, through the creation, sharing and application of knowledge. Our world is a fascinating place. Examples of ground breaking science, technology, engineering and mathematics are all around us. 

Our team of staff and students are dedicated to creating a culture of curiosity, creativity and confidence throughout communities across Scotland, creating events, programmes and experiences that help us all understand a little bit more about the world around us.

Because when people come together, great things can happen.


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Our Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science was awarded the Gold Engage Watermark. LRFCS works with everyone from the crime scene to the court room and the public, bringing engagement into the heart of the research and all of the centre’s activities.

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The University of Dundee became the first academic institution in Scotland to sign-up to a new pledge, to help promote diversity in engineering, the Tomorrows Engineer Code.

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The University of Dundee became the first university in Scotland, and only the third in the UK, to receive the Gold Watermark in recognition of its commitment to Public Engagement from the National C0-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement.

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Outer Space | Inner Space is an award winning collaboration between the School of Life Sciences‘ Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression and the School of Science and Engineering‘s discipline of Computing with Leisure and Culture Dundee. It brings together an interdisciplinary group of scientists with one of Dundee’s iconic landmarks, the Mills Observatory – Britain’s first purpose-built public observatory in order to develop an adaptable, accessible exploration space and activities under the theme of “Ways of Seeing” the invisible universe.


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Press Release

Innovative designs for underwater travel, moon tours, floating vehicles powered by plastic, food waste and water, and even a self-flying solar-powered unicorn, are some of the many ideas submitted by schoolchildren for a University of Dundee competition

Published on 24 June 2021

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Press Release

Members of a University of Dundee support group for adults with the language impairment condition aphasia have worked with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) to create music that explores their ideas about the journey out of lockdown.

Published on 10 May 2021


The Science@Home initiative developed by Dundee Science Centre, the School of Science and Engineering, and Dundee and Angus College aims to break down barriers to learning

Published on 3 May 2021

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Get in touch

We would love to hear from you. Get in touch with Margi and Rolf at or contact us:

Director of Public Engagement & Outreach for the School of Science and Engineering Margi Vilnay
Deputy Director  Rolf Black

Public Engagement Discipline Leads

Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification Seaneen McDougall
Computing Lanre Lewis
Civil Engineering Jonathan Knappett
Biomedical Engineering James Joseph
Mechanical Engineering Keith Johnston
Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science

Heather Doran

Mathematics Alexander Russell
Physics Aurora Sicilia Aguilar
Graduate Apprenticeships

Wayne Paul