Edinburgh Local

Meet the Community Team

The University’s Community Team is a central point of contact for community engagement at the University.

The Community Team provides operational support for the implementation of the University's Community Plan. The team is currently made up of staff members from the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability and Communications and Marketing.  The team also acts as an interface between the University and communities in the local region.

View the University's Community Plan 2020-2025

The Community Team relies on relationships with excellent colleagues around the University in order to connect community inquiries to the right person. Through these relationships, the team is also able to gain knowledge about members of the University who are working with local organisations, schools or individuals; this can help  us make sure the University’s community engagement activity is coordinated.

The Community Team is happy to try and help with your inquiries related to community engagement. We also simply like to hear about what you’re up to! As well as improving our knowledge of what’s happening in the University, your work could also make an excellent communications story or be just the sort of thing we know a community partner is looking for.

Get in touch

You can contact the Community Team by email, or on their individual email addresses below.

Email the Community Team


Gemma Gourlay, Head of Social Impact

Email Gemma

Sarah Anderson, Senior Community Engagement Manager

Email Sarah

Lynn McMath, Deputy Director, Stakeholder Relations

Email Lynn

Stuart Tooley, Head of Public Affairs

Email Stuart 

Aidan Tracey, Social Impact Manager

Email Aidan

Petra Renman, Community Engagement Projects Coordinator

Email Petra

Isla Parker, Gaelic and Community Relations Officer

Email Isla