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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, Professor Ann Smyth, 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 next General Council Half-Yearly Meeting will be held on Saturday 1st February 2020 in Lecture Theatre G.03, the Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh. The meeting will take place at 10.30am and our Principal, Professor Peter Mathieson, will present the Annual Report from the University. ...

Election of seven members of the General Council Business Committee

There will be an election for seven members of the Business Committee in February 2020.

The deadline for nominations for the vacancies on the Business Committee is Wednesday 12 November 2019. The...

The successful summer meeting was held on Saturday June 15th 2019 in the McEwan Hall. The formal proceedings were followed by excellent presentation from Professor James Smith, Vice-Principal International and an interactive panel discussion with senior academics whose work is focused on the...