Public engagement

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Working with the public is vital to Heriot-Watt's mission to create and exchange knowledge for the benefit of society. Engaging our communities and publics with research is a key strategic priority for the University, reaffirming our commitment to the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement Manifesto. 

Our vision

Our vision is to inspire and understand the mutual needs of our global – local communities and provide measurable pathways to global impact through our pioneering research

Heriot-Watt academics and research students are involved in a variety of activities and events which embed mutually beneficial engagement in the research life cycle. Our main campus in Scotland's culture rich capital gives us the opportunity to engage with a diversity of audiences, from future leaders to present policymakers. Our international campuses also give us the opportunity to engage further afield, from the Orkney shores to the Dubai metropolis.

Heriot-Watt University embeds public engagement with research into the academic life cycle, with our key strategic aims outlined in the Engaged University Plan launched in 2020. 

  • Support our academics to drive culture change and mainstream dialogue between all our communities and publics on the excitement and value of our research.
  • Have a demonstrable widening of participation and diversity in public engagement of all flavours, at all of our locations
  • Maximise the benefits our engaged university can make for the public and enhancing the understanding of these impacts amongst our global – local communities.
  • Create an institutional culture where proactively engaging the public and communities in research is recognised as a core part of the research life cycle and student experience.

Public engagement with research at Heriot-Watt is supported by the HW Engage team, who support our research staff and students to build links with the public for mutual benefit. For staff members and students, you can find more information on the HW Engage sharepoint site. 

Key information

Heriot-Watt Engage