Social Responsibility and Sustainability


The University aims to make positive intellectual, educational, economic, scientific and cultural contributions to society and to promote engagement with, and support for, the University and its work.

Our approach is to support researchers and encourage them to embed public engagement within their work.

Our objectives

  • Enhance public interest in educational, scientific and cultural developments through public lectures, exhibitions and publications.
  • Engage people in discussion and debate about the social, environmental and economic implications of new developments.
  • Influence policy makers globally, nationally and locally — not only through the work of our staff, but also by supporting others in the wider community do so more effectively.
  • To work closely with major extramural bodies involved in public engagement mutually to strengthen each other’s offerings and capabilities

Responsibilities & committees

Professor Mary Bownes, Vice Principal - Community Engagement

Dr. Heather Rea, Project Lead, Beltane Public Engagement Network

Moira Gibson, External Relations Manager

Deepthi De-Silva Williams, Marketing Manager, Marketing Team

College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine:

Eve C Johnstone, Professor of Psychiatry and Head of the Division of Psychiatry

Jane Weaver, CMVM Public Engagement Coordinator

Chloe Kippen, Head of External Engagement & Communications

Public Engagement Committee

College of Science and Engineering:

Stuart Dunbar, College Engagement Manager

Public Engagement Advisory Group

College of Humanities and Social Science:

Anne Sofie Laegran, Knowledge Exchange Manager

College Knowledge Exchange Committee