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.

Get involved

If you would like to get involved in any aspect of public engagement and outreach at the School, partner with us, or just to find out more about what we do, please get in touch.

What we do

At the School, we have year-round activities with primary and secondary schools in and around Dundee, including poster competitions, activity boxes, and both school and campus visits. We collaborate with Dundee City Council and schools all over the country to promote STEM and inspire the next generation of leaders and innovators.

STEM poster competition

A poster showing buildings with lots of different trees in the space below.

We run a STEM poster competition every year for schools around Scotland.

2021 finalists 2022 finalists

Girls and women into STEM

Women are still hugely underrepresented across many STEM disciplines. At the School, we are constantly working to increase representation through events, activities, and longer term initiatives. We have collaborated with schools in and around Dundee, and with local entrepreneur Jill Duke's Empowerment Academy for Girls.

Girls into STEM

A young girl in a lab coat is looking at a model, held by someone standing up.

Just some of the activities we've run encouraging more girls to enter STEM.

International Women's Day 2023 with Arbroath Academy Girls into Engineering

EMBEDD Diversity Impact Programme

The EMBEDD project, funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, will encourage inclusivity and diversity in engineering education.

The project will work to inspire local pupils from underrepresented groups in engineering via a student experience programme launched in summer 2023.

The experience will be led by students from the School of Science and Engineering who will be mentored and will develop transferrable employability skills in the process.

Public Engagement contacts

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

Director of Public Engagement & Outreach for the School of Science and Engineering Margi Vilnay
Deputy Director  TBC
Public Engagement and Outreach Lead Morag Hannah

Public Engagement Subject Leads

Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification Seaneen McDougall
Computing Lanre Lewis
Civil Engineering Leon Chernin
Biomedical Engineering James Joseph
Alejandra Aranceta-Garza
Mechanical Engineering Bankole Oladapo
Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science

Heather Doran

Mathematics TBC
Physics Aurora Sicilia Aguilar
Graduate Apprenticeships

Wayne Paul

Awards and accolades


gold engage watermark

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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we are a signatory of the code badge

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.


gold engage watermark

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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