Making Media & Resources for Public Engagement

img_6901This page is aimed at you if you are a member of staff who is interested in having media designed and made in connection with public engagement work you are in the process of developing.

By media I really mean all kinds of materials and objects – from print content for leaflets, posters, and displays, to photographs, audio visual materials, videos, e-learning, models, mechanical interactives and complete exhibition stands highlighting your work.

There are several units and individuals at the University of St Andrews who can help you to design and make a wide variety of media products. Who you need to talk to will depend on what kind of things you are thinking about making.

What I’ve tried to do here is bring brief details about some of these people together in one place, along with contact details.mixed

The individuals and departments listed below offer many valuable creative talents and skills, so whatever you are interested in doing, the next step is likely to be get in touch with some of them and begin a conversation. My firm advice is to do this as early as you can in the life cycle of your project!

Steve Smart.
(You can find out more about me below as well.)

If you would like yourself or a department to be added to the lists here, or you know someone you think should be, please let me know.

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Making Media & Resources for Public Engagement: Individuals...

Some individuals:


Alina Loth – Illustrator


Alina is leading a project called Research Illustration which aims to present the work of researchers at the University of St Andrews through graphics, illustrations and art. She holds a degree both in science and fine arts and can offer a wide range of different styles of drawings and illustrations for public engagement, conference talks, posters and publications.


Henry Rae – Model maker

henry2Henry is a skilled model maker and sculptor. He can make a wide variety of a range of static, moving, and interactive 3D projects. He can work in a variety of materials such as resins, fibreglass, silicones, wood, perspex and thermoplastics.

Henry’s models have been used at Royal Society’s Science exhibitions, by industry, and at various museums and research groups in many countries around the world. External clients include The National Museum of Scotland, Glasgow University, Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh University, Oxford University.


Steve Smart – Designer & Photographer

IMG_7377Steve is an information designer employed part-time by both the School of Biology and the School of Medicine, he also works freelance for other departments and clients. Over a wide variety of projects Steve has designed leaflets and posters, diagrams for publication, logos, complete exhibition stands, e-learning packages, and web sites.

Steve also has media skills in stills photography and video production.

Steve has designed for several Royal Society exhibits, including St Andrews’ exhibit during the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary Year.


Mhairi Stewart – Public engagement officer

Headshot2Mhairi is the University’s public engagement officer and can offer advice, guidance and contacts regarding development, delivery, funding and audience recruitment for all public engagement activities. Mhairi has 17 years research experience prior to specializing in public engagement for research. Mhairi is the current holder of the Royal Society of Edinburgh prize for Innovation in Public Engagement.


Making Media & Resources for Public Engagement: Departments...

Some departments:

Print and Design

Print and Design is a University of St Andrews Service, providing facilities for design and printing of: leaflets, posters, publications, popup banners, and other products. The office for Design is at St Katherine’s West, 16 The Scores, the office for Print is at 65 North Street


Media Services

A University service providing resources for video production and stills photography.


Digital communications

About: Digital Communications is the University of St Andrews Development Team that designs and manages University web content and University WordPress sites.


Psychology Workshop

The psychology workshop is a mechanical workshop based at the School of Psychology. Work can be carried out for other departments. The workshop can design and fabricate bespoke 3D objects and devices for research and exhibition including mechanical parts and devices, electronic control devices. The workshop uses both 3D printing and traditional machining.