Head of Public Engagement with Research, Corporate Communications


Mhairi is the Head of Public Engagement with Research at the University of St Andrews. In her role she creates, innovates and identifies the structures and processes that support research, from the individual to the institutional level, to deliver and evidence high quality engagement with wider communities. This work supports the development and evaluation of public engagement activity and strategies, embedding a culture of engagement throughout institutions and in communities and thereby empowering researchers and the public alike.

Mhairi also sits on the management board for the Byre Theatre in St Andrews and is the current chairperson of the Scottish Public Engagement Network (ScotPEN), a network which supports engagement practice and public engagement professionals around Scotland in their roles. Prior to this Mhairi held research positions in tropical medicine in Scotland and Europe.