Heriot-Watt Engage promotes, stimulates and supports public engagement activities by the research community. Working with the public is vital to the University's mission to create and exchange knowledge for the benefit of society.

Heriot-Watt Engage was established in 2013 to build upon Heriot-Watt's partnership with the Beltane Network, one of six UK Beacons for Public Engagement funded by Research Councils UK, the Funding Councils and the Wellcome Trust. In 2015, the work of Heriot-Watt Engage was recognised by their award for Public Engagement and Advocacy from ARMA, the Association of Researcher Managers and Administrators.

In 2017, the University was awarded an RCUK SEEPER grant to create, enrich and embed a culture where excellent public engagement with research (PER) is more effectively and strategically supported.