Public Engagement

Learn more about how our researchers engage with the public and find out about upcoming opportunities and events.

We actively engage with schools, colleges and our local community through a range of activities, presentations and events specially designed to help you and your students learn more about the research we do, opportunities available to work with us or study on our courses. Our researchers and Postgraduate Research Students are keen to share their knowledge, expertise and skills with you as well as involve the public and stakeholder groups with projects and decision-making.

Public engagement with research describes a diversity of activities including:

  • Participating in festivals
  • Working with museums/ galleries/science centres and other cultural venues
  • Creating opportunities for the public to inform the research questions being tackled
  • Researchers and public working together to inform policy
  • Presenting to the public (e.g. public lectures or talks)
  • Involving the public as researchers (e.g. web-based experiments)
  • Engaging with young people to inspire them about research (e.g. workshops in schools)
  • Contributing to new media enabled discussion forums.

How to engage

Learn about many ways in which Abertay and our staff and students connect and share their work with the public.

How to engage – information for researchers

Public engagement can also help universities actively contribute to positive social change and the ‘public good’.’ (Prof. Alan Thorpe, OBE)

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Community and Public Engagement

The Abertay University Outreach and Public Engagement Network (OPEN) office was established in 2013 to build a campus engaged with its communities.

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An ultrasound device used in the project
ABERTAY NEWS22/12/2020

Ultrasound used to improve shelf-life of fresh fruit and vegetables

It's believed to be the first time the process has been used in Scotland

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Professor Ruth Falconer wearing a hololens at a farm
ABERTAY NEWS20/12/2020

Videogame technology used to enhance cow health at dairy farms

Innovative technology is being used to recognise a cow by the patterns on its...

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ABERTAY NEWS18/12/2020

Online sports coaching “should continue after pandemic”

According to research involving Abertay University

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A police officer using a smartphone
ABERTAY NEWS16/12/2020

Positive impact for police officers equipped with mobile devices

Abertay University was involved in research assessing the impact

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Male student wearing headphones whilst working on a Desktop computer
ABERTAY NEWS15/12/2020

Abertay University named UK Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security

Abertay is the first University in Scotland to receive the award

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A picture of Neil Kirk smiling
ABERTAY NEWS08/12/2020

Unique online lab to investigate Dundee dialect

Psychology lecturer Dr Neil Kirk has launched MINDyourlanguages.com

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Alberto Fiore at work in Abertay's food labs
ABERTAY NEWS27/11/2020

Insect-based porridge to tackle malnutrition

Abertay is leading a £1 million project to tackle malnutrition in Zimbabwe

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Nia White standing in a classroom
ABERTAY NEWS26/11/2020

Abertay signs Researcher Development Concordat

The Concordat is an agreement to improve support for researchers and research...

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ABERTAY NEWS16/11/2020

RESEARCH BLOG: Surprises from seals

PhD student Lauren Arkoosh blogs about her research

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A pile of potatoes
ABERTAY NEWS10/11/2020

Innovative project to use games technology to develop perfect potato

Artificial intelligence will be used in an innovative project

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A pile of USB drives
ABERTAY NEWS04/11/2020

Researchers recover 75,000 'deleted' files from pre-owned USB drives

Tax returns, CVs and bank statements were among the files retrieved

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Three men playing golf
ABERTAY NEWS20/10/2020

Research project provides insight into golfer lockdown habits

Golfers found creative was to practise during the early days of the COVID pan...

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