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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 June 2019 Half Yearly meeting and Lunch will be held in the McEwan Hall, Edinburgh on Saturday 15th June with an exciting programme celebrating the engagement of the University with Africa. 

Following the successful format of recent summer events, there will not be a formal General...

Chaired by David Munro, the Constitutional Standing Committee held its first meeting of the session on 18th October. The main item on the agenda was to hear from Dr Lewis Allan, Head of University Court Services, about changes to the University's Ordinances, particularly those affecting the...

The next Statutory Half-Yearly Meeting will take place on Saturday 16 February 2019 in the newly refurbished School of Law in the Old College Quad. An early tour of the new facilities, by Professor Martin Hogg, Head of the School of Law, is planned for before the meeting at 9.30am, and will give...