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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 Public Affairs Standing Committee remit includes the examination of issues impacting the reputation of the University, both internally and externally. At its most recent meeting on 3rd December 2018, the committee considered the University’s approach to community engagement hearing from Mr....

Short Life Working Group on International issues


A short-life working group, chaired by the Vice-Convener Gordon Cairns, has been convened as part of the ongoing review of the Constitutional arrangements for the Business Committee. The group, consisting of the...

Academic Standing Committee Meeting 26 November 2018

Summary Report

The Academic Standing Committee remit includes consideration of all matters relating to teaching and research and the provision of facilities that impinge on the academic life of the University. At...