About us


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







Constitutional Arrangements

The General Council of the University of Edinburgh was established in compliance with the Universities (Scotland) Act 1858.

Since that time there has been an accretion of legislation, University regulations...

The newly constituted International Standing Committee welcomed Alan Mackay, the Depute Vice Principal International Relations and Director of Edinburgh Global, to its first meeting. 

The university’s Global Engagement Plan 2017-2020 and Strategy 2030 formed the basis of presentation and...

Business Committee members are invited to attend the following standing committee meetings to hear the guest speaker:

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    Public Affairs Standing Committee 2 December 2019 5pm