Biomedical Sciences Research Complex

University of St Andrews Public Engagement

What is Public Engagement?

Public engagement describes the many ways in which researchers interact with the public to further the impact of their work. From developing research with community groups to sharing their outcomes through interpretive dance; from holding workshops in schools to collaborative projects with prisons –  public engagement is, at its heart, a dialogue between researchers and the world intended to break down barriers.

For researchers, public engagement can provide a variety of benefits including opening up new avenues of research, gaining transferrable skills increasing funding success, and demonstrating impact from research. 

The Public Engagement team can help researchers plan, develop and evaluate public engagement activity, support grant and funding applications and offer training. If you are interested in getting involved in public engagement email


Opportunities to get involved

We are currently recruiting for Cell Block Science a unique public engagement research partnership to promote STEM in prison learning centres. The programme is led by the Public Engagement with Research team at the University of St Andrews. Running in HMYO Polmont and HMP Perth, the programme aims to provide hands-on science inspiration for learners within a prison environment.,1819631,en.php. Please get in contact with Calum McAndrew for further information.


Get in contact

If you'd like to learn more about the support we can provide, opportunities across the university, or any other details please email

For more details on upcoming events, calls for participation, and training you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Researchers are welcome to join our mailing list. This monthly newsletter provides case studies, funding opportunities, and calls for participation for researchers across the university. Sign up here.

Twitter: @standengaged

Facebook: /standengaged


The Public Engagement team


Dr Mhairi Stewart, Head of Public Engagement with Research


Tel: +44(0)1334 464809


Dr Alina Loth, Public Engagement Officer for Science


Tel: +44(0)1334 464809


Calum McAndrew, Public Engagement Officer


Tel: +44(0)1334 464809