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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







On Thursday July 5th the Convener of the Business Committee, Stuart McPherson, and the Secretary of the General Council, Ann Smyth, hosted a fact-finding visit from Eoin McMullan and Jonathan Hill of Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). Eoin has recently been appointed Chair of Convocation at QUB,...

The summer meeting was held on Saturday June 9th 2018. A buffet lunch in the foyer of the Appleton Tower gave participants the opportunity to mingle and learn about three of the projects which have received innovation and Initative Grants.

In line with the new General Data Protection...

Many thanks to everyone who voted in the recent election.  We would like to welcome Arron Ashton, David Houston, Candice Donnelly, Ario Santini and William Duncan to the Committee.

We are very pleased to have a really good mixture of younger and more mature members in the new intake. ...