We place emphasis on initiatives that embed public engagement in the University's research process, in line with national frameworks around public engagement, training and impact. Following on from our past Catalyst Project, we place the professional development of researchers at the core of innovative engagement and we have been recognised with two ARMA awards for bringing research to the general public, Public Engagement and Advocacy award and the Outstanding Collaboration award.
On a day-to-day basis we support grant and fellowship applications, partnership building, bespoke academic-led initiatives, and skills development. We report on our progress to the major funders in alignment with the Concordat and Manifesto for Engaging the Public with Research and we run a breadth of events and projects including:
- Explorathon (Scottish Researchers' Night)
- Community Café Programme
- Aberdeen's TechFest
- Festival of Social Sciences
- British Science Week
To help create a valued culture for public engagement we have an annual Prize for Public Engagement with Research, part of the University’s Excellence Awards.