About us

The General Council consists of graduates, academic staff and members of the supreme governing body of the University, the University Court. It has a statutory right to comment on matters which affect the well-being and prosperity of the University, with the aim of ensuring that graduates have a continuing voice in the management of its affairs. The General Council elects the University's Chancellor, three Assessors to the University Court and its own Business Committee. It also has the responsibility of maintaining a register of all University of Edinburgh graduates.



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

General Council Office
The University of Edinburgh
Charles Stewart House
9-16 Chambers Street
Alison MacLeary - Assistant Secretary
0131 650 2152
Ann Smyth - Secretary
0131 650 2237
Email: General.Council@ed.ac.uk


The General Council held its first online statutory meeting at 10.30am on Saturday 6th February 2021 via MS Teams Live Events. 

The Principal, Professor Peter Mathieson, presented the Annual Report from the University and 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 6 February 2021:

Miss Tanya Calitz


The General Council's recent Half-Yearly Meeting took place online on Saturday 6th February 2021 via MS Teams Live Events. 

Some of the material is available as a record of the event for those who were unable to attend:


You will be able to...