The Heriot-Watt Engage Team sits within the Centre for Academic Leadership and Development, working with colleagues in researcher development and learning and teaching.

Dr Laura Wicks

Dr Laura Wicks has worked in outreach projects for the past 10 years, delivering activities to schools and the public. She also has vast experience developing online educational resources.

Following a PhD in marine biology in New Zealand, Laura joined Heriot-Watt as a Research Associate in the School of Life Sciences in 2010, conducting research on cold-water corals and developing the outreach programme of the team.

Laura develops and leads on events engaging the public, reward and recognition, communicating through online portals and facilitating external partnerships. Laura also coordinates the Wellcome Trust EnLightenment Smartphone Microscope Project.

Katarzyna Przybycien

Katarzyna has been involved in the public engagement agenda throughout her career. This included hands-on experience of delivering activities to school children, research within a EPSRC funded project focusing on knowledge exchange, and impact evaluation of a European funded project led by Edinburgh Napier University.

Kat is finalising her PhD at Heriot-Watt Investigating knowledge transfer processes in the urban sustainability domain.


Advisory Group

The strategies and activities of Heriot-Watt Engage are supported by an advisory group, composed of representatives from across the university, and associated external stakeholders. The remit of the group is to:

  • Develop and advise on the implementation of strategies and operational plans associated with Heriot-Watt Engage
  • Provide strategic oversight on public engagement with research, cultural and civic engagement, and how these relate to the University's wider events programme.
  • Provide a central focus for consideration of public engagement activities, and by encouraging awareness of, and wider participation in, these activities by University staff and students in their respective schools/departments
  • Provide an insight into the public engagement activities, interests and priorities specific to each school/department represented