Laura Wicks

Public Engagement Executive

+44 (0)131 451 3446
Room 3.06
Scott Russell Building
Heriot-Watt University
Roles and responsibilities

Laura is a public engagement coordinator and co-leads the HW-Engage initiative. Within this role, she supports, stimulates and promotes public engagement activities across the University, with the vision of embedding public engagement activities into academic life, building on the University's strong history of public engagement with local, national and international communities.

Specifially, Laura develops and leads on events engaging the public, reward & recognition, communicating through online portals and facilitating external partnerships. Laura also coordinates the Wellcome Trust EnLightenment Smartphone Microscope Project, and is the Communication and Alumni coordinator for Scottish Crucible.


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, 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.

She took on the role of Public Engagement Coordinator for the University in January 2013.