Dr Mhairi Stewart is the Head of Public Engagement at the University of St Andrews, managing a team of public engagement professionals facilitating engagement through training, activity development, and in creating opportunities for participation. Mhairi is also the Chairperson of the Scottish Public Engagement Network, ScotPEN, an inclusive network of people involved in public engagement in Scotland, providing advocacy and a platform to share good engagement practice.
She is a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland. With a strong research background including positions in Scotland and Germany, Mhairi has significant recognition for producing and directing engagement programmes and activities, especially in co-production between external partners and researchers from multiple disciplines.
In 2015 Mhairi received the Royal Society of Edinburgh prize for innovation in public engagement and is a recipient of a 2017 Wellcome Image Award. Her projects driving institutional culture change have themselves gained recognition. For example, Cell Block Science, bringing informal science learning to Scottish Prisons was awarded the Herald Higher Education Award for Partnership in 2018 and also was selected a winner at Falling Walls Engage 2020.