Areas of Interest: Public Engagement
Keywords: public engagement community engagement programme evaluation collaborative leadership Change Management strategic planning training
Mhairi is the Head of Public Engagement at the University of St Andrews. In her role she creates, innovates and identifies the structures and processes that support research to deliver and evidence high quality engagement with wider communities, from the individual to the institutional level. This work facilitates 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.
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She designs and delivers interactive and visual ‘big picture thinking’ sessions for senior officials. These sessions focus on addressing key policy challenges, teasing out their interdependencies, and situating them in their global context.