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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, Dr Mike Mitchell 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 GC Half-Yearly Meeting took place at 1.15pm on Saturday 10th June in the QMRI building, Little France, Edinburgh. This was a free event preceded by a light lunch and followed by four revolving sessions covering Big Data, Imaging, Dementia and a tour of the Ann Rowling Neurology Clinic. This...

February 2017’s Half-Yearly Meeting and Lunch took place on Saturday 18 February 2017 in the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.  A Reception and Lunch was held in the historic and impressive setting of the Playfair Library Hall at 12.30pm and after lunch members were entertained by a talk...

The Scottish Government are currently putting forward a Bill to change some aspects of the governance of HE institutions. While we share their stated aims that higher education governance should be modern, inclusive and accountable we believe that the Bill as currently proposed is misguided. It...