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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 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...

Statement on Election of Members of the Business Commitee

The following are the successful candidates in the recent elections and their appointments were announced at the Half-Yearly Meeting on 16 February 2019:

Dr Edward Bruce Ritson


On Thursday 6th June 2019 the Public Affairs Standing Committee (PASC) met with Theresa Merrick, the Director of Communications and Marketing (CAM) and learned about the department’s new structure and their Communication strategies.

CAM is now structured around the three central strands...