Policy Engagement and Community Engagement

Policy Engagement and Community Engagement

The Public Affairs team assists academics create public policy impact on a devolved, UK and European Union level.

Political engagement is vital for promoting evidence-based policy and ensuring that the University’s world leading research has impact.

Political engagement can include meetings with stakeholders, visits, events, submissions to committee inquiries and government consultations, and briefings ahead of relevant parliamentary debates. Where appropriate, we look integrate our activities with broadcast, print, and social media opportunities.

We work closely with the Universities Policy Engagement Network and Scottish Policy and Research Exchange, which provide additional opportunities for public policy engagement.

The Public Affairs team provides support, training and advice on all of the above. 


Public affairs enquiries should be directed to Angela Michael on +44 (0) 1224 273 274 or Alex Ross. You can email the team here.

The office is staffed Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. For urgent enquiries outside of office hours, please call +44 (0) 7939 576 300 to speak to a member of the public affairs team.

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Community and Regional Engagement

In support of the Aberdeen 2040 Strategy and the University of Aberdeen’s role as a key North East of Scotland ‘Anchor Institution’, the Community and Regional Engagement service, based within the Public Affairs, Stakeholder Engagement and Events team (PASE), support colleagues to work in partnership with stakeholder communities locally, regionally and nationally to harness and share institutional knowledge, resources, events and campus facilities to make a positive difference across the region.

Working with colleagues across the university, we serve as the interface between the University and communities and partner organisations, signpost community and wider stakeholder enquiries to the right staff member, team or university community group and match university colleagues with key external partners. We also produce the University’s bi-monthly external stakeholder newsletter 'Civic News', showcasing the breadth and depth of learning, teaching and research activities and achievements across the institution.

Contact Elaine Sinclair for further information.