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There has been a General Council since 1858. It has evolved and developed as the University itself has changed beyond recognition. Not least, the University now has a large and growing professional...


The General Council welcomes comments and queries and can be contacted through the current Secretary of the General Council, Dr Mike Mitchell or the Assistant to the Secretary, Ms Alison MacLeary at

General Council Office
The University of Edinburgh
Charles Stewart House
9-16 Chambers Street

Telephone: +44 (0) 131 650 2152

Email: General.Council@ed.ac.uk







The Secretary of the General Council, Dr Mike Mitchell, is due to retire in February 2018, and the University is seeking an inspiring candidate to replace him for an initial term of four years.

The General Council

The General Council consists of graduates,...

The GC Half-Yearly Meeting took place at 1.15pm on Saturday 10th June in the QMRI building, Little France, Edinburgh. This was a free event preceded by a light lunch and followed by four revolving sessions covering Big Data, Imaging, Dementia and a tour of the Ann Rowling Neurology Clinic. This...

The next Statutory Half-Yearly Meeting will take place on Saturday 24 February 2018 in the new basement meeting facilities of the recently refurbished McEwan Hall, Teviot Place, Edinburgh. The incoming Principal, Professor Peter Mathieson will attend and give a presentation. If you have a...