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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 University and Africa: Past, Present and Future

The next statutory half-yearly meeting for members of the General Council will be held in the McEwan Hall, Foyer 4 at 10.15am on Saturday June 15th 2019. Registration, tea and coffee will be available from 9.30am.


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 25th April 2019 the Public Affairs Standing Committee (PASC) met with Grant Spence, the Director of Alumni Relations and Rachelle Norry, Head of Alumni Engagement and heard about the University’s new alumni relations model. The new model is to be more holistic and community focused,...