Public Engagement: Climate Change, Coral and COVID-19

Dr Nicola Allison has been a researcher at the University of St Andrews for twenty years. Throughout her career studying biomineralisation she has worked in many exciting places, such as Thailand or Hawaii. From exploring the past by delving into …

July 30, 2020 | Earth and Environmental Sciences


Communicating to the Public on Ideas that Should Not Come Up in Polite Conversations

Gillian Chu is currently completing her PhD in the School of Divinity at the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics – which she points out are two topics that should not be brought up at the dinner table! …

July 3, 2020 | PER featured


From Technician to Public Engagement Inspiration

When asked about public engagement, one of his roles at the University of St Andrews, Senior Teaching Technician Henry Rae’s response was simply ‘‘if you do something you enjoy, it doesn’t feel like work anymore’’. This notion is attested by …

June 17, 2020 | PER featured


A collaboration of Friends: Artists and Scientists on a learning Journey

Dr Samantha Pitt is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine here at the University of St Andrews, and investigates the molecular mechanisms of heart failure and arrhythmia. Sam had not actively engaged in art, since she was 14, …

May 13, 2020 | PER featured


Humpback Whales Remixed

Sara Niksic is a 1st year PhD student who has over a decade of public engagement experience, has brought her skills and expertise to the University and her PhD. At our recent University of St Andrews Public Engagement 2019 Awards, …

March 19, 2020 | Biology


Inspiring Children to Live their Dream by Discussing Marine Mammal Research

Claire Lacey has been participating in public engagement for several years. Recently Claire’s public engagement projects have taken off with the help of the Public Engagement with Research team, and the Public Engagement Portfolio (PEP), a training portfolio supported by …

February 14, 2020 | PER featured


Public Engagement: From Passion to Career

Maria Larriva Hormigos is Research Assistant in neuroscience, working in the Mechanism of Behaviour Group (MOB) lead by Professor Karen Spencer. However, during her time here at the University of St Andrews, Maria has made her stamp by co-creating, a …

January 30, 2020 | Neuroscience


Whispers from psychiatry’s past

Rab Houston is a professor in the School of History, who researches the history of psychiatry. In recent years this has taken a public engagement focus, with Rab focusing on a REF impact case study called ‘Promoting Mental Health Through …

December 12, 2019 | PER featured


Public engagement research: Happy healthy honey bees

Luke was the 2019 winner for the collaboration award at the University of St Andrews public engagement conference and award ceremony. Luke is a PhD candidate working in the Evans lab in the School of biology, and researches a parasite …

November 22, 2019 | Biology


Heritage Futures and Community Archaeology in Tanzania

The Kilwa Kisiwani site off the coast of Southern Tanzania was occupied from the 9th century and was one of the most powerful settlements along the Swahili Coast.  From the 13th to the 16th century, much of the trade in …

April 3, 2019 | Archaeology