ELECTIONS

Business Committee Elections

Five members of the Business Committee are elected every year. Elections are held each February and are overseen by a representative of the Electoral Reform Society. At present, elections are by online voting with the option of a postal ballot on request. Online voting is being recommended with the expectation of encouraging members of the General Council to participate in the Elections.

Notice of forthcoming Elections, and the offices for which elections will be held in the following February, are published in advance in the winter issue of the Billet  along with candidate statements. This information will also be available on the General Council website with notices being sent out by email.

 

Election Status

Ms Candice Elizabeth Philippa DONNELLY

Ms Candice Elizabeth Philippa DONNELLY

LLB 2005

Proposed by Mr Kieran Ferguson, LLB 2005

Seconded by Dr Andrew Steven, LLB 1994

Building on my experience as a former student and part-time tutor, I am keen to use my expertise in corporate governance and strategic projects to support my university. If elected, I would look to build strong stakeholder partnerships and engage with alumni while the University implements its new development plan.

Mr Max PALMER-O'CONNOR

Mr Max PALMER-O'CONNOR

MA 2013

Proposed by Mr Lukas Gajdos, MA 2010

Seconded by Mr Fergus Deery, MA 2016

Graduated from Edinburgh in 2013 (MA in Linguistics) and have undertaken study on short courses at UCL (relating to higher education management). My professional focus is HE administration. Currently, I provide 1:1 executive support to LSE's Academic Registrar - who leads the School's administrative processes supporting the whole student life cycle.

Professor Ario SANTINI

Professor Ario SANTINI

BDS 1966

Proposed by Professor Francis McManus, MLitt 1984, LLB 1991

Seconded by Mrs Ann Mair, BCom 1967

My connection and graduation from two continental universities ideally places me in assisting with the spread of the University's international links with institutes of learning and peoples in Europe. My professional focus is the awareness of the university's known problems of recruiting quality undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Mr Arron ASHTON

Mr Arron ASHTON

BSC 2013

Proposed by Mr Alastair Taylor-White, MA 2013

Seconded by Miss Sophie McCallum, MA 2009

I graduated from the School of GeoSciences in 2013 and have worked in the public sector since. I ask for the opportunity to contribute on your behalf by bringing modern thinking and ensuring that the University continues to utilise its world-leading talent and reacts appropriately to the ever-changing global landscape.

Dr William DUNCAN

Dr William DUNCAN

BSC 1972

Proposed by Professor Stuart Macpherson, OBE, MBChB, FRCS, FRCP, FRCGP, FAcadMedEd

Seconded by Mr Gordon Cairns, LLB 1979

Being Chief Executive of Scotland's national academy - the RSE - for over 30 years gives me considerable insight into the challenges and opportunities the HE sector faces from the introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework, creation of UKRI and Brexit as well as experience of working constructively with many senior academics.

Dr David James Robert HOUSTON

Dr David James Robert HOUSTON

PhD 1976, MBA 1987

Proposed by Professor Stuart Macpherson, OBE, MBChB, FRCS, FRCP, FRCGP, FAcadMedEd

Seconded by Miss Sophie Marshall, MA 2012

Originally a mathematical physicist, I returned later to the Business School leading to a successful career in general management and consultancy. During 2014-18 I have assisted the Business Committee with investigating the student experience and monitoring strategic finance. Let me help this fine University deal with further challenges ahead.

Mr Taylor Douglas Gibson DEWAR

Mr Taylor Douglas Gibson DEWAR

BCom 1996

Proposed by Mr Johnathan Wilson, BCom 1996

Seconded by Mr Richard Gordon, LLB 1996, PGD 1997

With twenty successful years in finance following graduation I'm keen to use the skills I've developed for others' benefit. I understand the sector, its challenges and outlook and am used to interpreting and analysing information, listening to, questioning and informing stakeholders - all necessary attributes for a committee member.

How to Vote

If you studied at the University after 2003 then you will be familiar with MyEd. The alumni version of MyEd is optimised for alumni and provides single secure location for all contact information and secure services including online voting.

  • If you used MyEd as a student you can use your existing username and password to login
  • If you already use the MyEd Alumni Portal then simply login as usual
  • If you have have registered for previous elections then you do not need to register again. Just login using the same username and password.

Once you are in MyEd you will find the Online Voting Channel and further instructions on how to cast your vote. Once you are in MyEd Alumni Portal you may not immediately see the Online Voting Channel where there are further instructions on how to cast your vote. If the voting channel is not obvious click on the 'Services' tab and it should appear there. You may also wish to use the 'Customise' tab to add the voting channel to your Home page for the Portal to ensure that it is always there in the future.  Login now.

New Users

If you are new to MyEd then you need to complete the EASE registration process.

EASE is just a fancy name for the 100% super secure system that the University uses for all of its online facilities. Think of it as a master key that fits every electronic door on campus.

Why Register? I Just Want to Vote.

We need to verify your identity because University governance is a serious business. Register now.

Requesting a Postal Vote

Members are strongly encouraged to vote online, but if a postal vote is required you may request one. If you wish to receive a postal vote and have not previously opted for one, please send your request to the General Council Office, Charles Stewart House, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HT, email: general.council@ed.ac.uk, to be received by 28 November of the year prior to the election at the latest. 

 

Rules and Regulations

Regulations for General Council Elections

The Regulations for General Council elections contain the formal procedures and legal background for all elections. Click here

Nomination Papers

Business Committee Election Nomination Papers Click here

General Council Assessor Nomination Papers   Click here

Protocol for General Council Elections

The practical procedures, information on the organisation of elections and additional details about the elections are described here. Click here

Alternative Vote election Rules

The Single Transferable Vote, when used for a single-winner election, is commonly known as the Alternative Vote. The detailed Alternative Vote counting rules are described here: Click here

STV-PR Election Rules

The detailed counting rules for the Single Transferable Vote applied to multi-winner elections are described here: Click here

Court Assessor Elections

Elections for Assessors to the University Court are held every other year, alternating between one assessor and two assessors, depending on the number of vacancies. Elections are held in February and are overseen by a representative of the Electoral Reform Society. At present, elections are by online voting with the option of a postal ballot on request. Online voting is being recommended with the expectation of encouraging members of the General Council to participate in the Elections.

Notice of forthcoming Elections, and the offices for which elections will be held in the following February, are published in advance in the winter issue of the Billet within Edit, along with candidate statements. This information will also be available on the General Council website with notices being sent out by email.

Further information for members wishing to stand for elections is available in the “Election Status” section below. Members of the General Council are warmly encouraged to stand for election. The General Council Court Assessors are an important part of the group of independent members on Court. They function as full members of Court with the responsibilities and time commitments commensurate with such a position.

 

Statement on Court Assessor Election 2017 for one Assessor to Court:

As only one valid nomination was received for the one available position of Court Assessor no election will be required.  Accordingly the sole candidate, Ms Doreen Davidson, will be deemed to have been successful and her appointment will be announced at the Half-Yearly Meeting on 18 February 2017.

Secretary to the General Council

Election Status

CA Election Status Update

In February 2015 the following candidates were elected Assessors to Court from 1 August 2015:

Alan David Gillespie BROWN

Stuart James Ritchie WALKER

The next election for General Council Assessors to the University Court will take place in February 2017, when there will be a vacancy for one Assessor. 

Candidate for General Council Assessor to the University Court

Doreen Davidson, BA 1977

I have worked at a senior level in human resource management for 34 years within a global organisation.  After serving on the Business Committee I was elected to the University Court in 2013 where I have gained a huge amount of experience in how the University operates.  I am on a number of key committees i.e. Investment, People and Policy & Resources, and I chair the Knowledge Strategy Committee. I believe I make an enthusiastic and meaningful contribution to all of these committees.  I am passionate to ensure our University maintains its rightful place among the top universities in the world.

 

Statement on Court Assessor Election

As only one valid nomination was received for the one available position of Court Assessor no election will be required.  Accordingly the sole candidate, Ms Doreen Davidson, will be deemed to have been successful and her appointment will be announced at the Half-Yearly Meeting on 18 February 2017.

How to Vote

If you studied at the University after 2003 then you will be familiar with MyEd. The alumni version of MyEd is optimised for alumni and provides single secure location for all contact information and secure services including online voting.

  • If you used MyEd as a student you can use your existing username and password to login
  • If you already use the MyEd Alumni Portal then simply login as usual
  • If you have have registered for previous elections then you do not need to register again. Just login using the same username and password.

Once you are in MyEd you will find the Online Voting Channel and further instructions on how to cast your vote. Once you are in MyEd Alumni Portal you may not immediately see the Online Voting Channel where there are further instructions on how to cast your vote. If the voting channel is not obvious click on the 'Services' tab and it should appear there. You may also wish to use the 'Customise' tab to add the voting channel to your Home page for the Portal to ensure that it is always there in the future.  Login now.

New Users

If you are new to MyEd then you need to complete the EASE registration process.

EASE is just a fancy name for the 100% super secure system that the University uses for all of its online facilities. Think of it as a master key that fits every electronic door on campus.

Why Register? I Just Want to Vote.

We need to verify your identity because University governance is a serious business. Register now.

Requesting a Postal Vote

Members are strongly encouraged to vote online, but if a postal vote is required you may request one. If you wish to receive a postal vote and have not previously opted for one, please send your request to the General Council Office, Charles Stewart House, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HT, email: general.council@ed.ac.uk, to be received by 28 November of the year prior to the election at the latest. 

 

Rules and Regulations

Regulations for General Council Elections

The Regulations for General Council elections contain the formal procedures and legal background for all elections. Click here

Nomination Papers

Business Committee Election Nomination Papers Click here

General Council Assessor Nomination Papers   Click here

Protocol for General Council Elections

The practical procedures, information on the organisation of elections and additional details about the elections are described here. Click here

Alternative Vote election Rules

The Single Transferable Vote, when used for a single-winner election, is commonly known as the Alternative Vote. The detailed Alternative Vote counting rules are described here: Click here

STV-PR Election Rules

The detailed counting rules for the Single Transferable Vote applied to multi-winner elections are described here: Click here

Chancellor Elections

The General Council is responsible for the election of the Chancellor of the University. The current Chancellor is Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal. Her Royal Highness was elected in March 2011, taking up post on 31 March 2011, and succeeded His Royal Highness Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh when he retired from the chancellorship held since 1953.

Election Status

C Election Status Update

The current Chancellor, Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, took up post on 31 March 2011.

 

At present the chancellorship is held for life, therefore it is not anticipated that an election will be required for the foreseeable future.

How to Vote

If you studied at the University after 2003 then you will be familiar with MyEd. The alumni version of MyEd is optimised for alumni and provides single secure location for all contact information and secure services including online voting.

  • If you used MyEd as a student you can use your existing username and password to login
  • If you already use the MyEd Alumni Portal then simply login as usual
  • If you have have registered for previous elections then you do not need to register again. Just login using the same username and password.

Once you are in MyEd you will find the Online Voting Channel and further instructions on how to cast your vote. Once you are in MyEd Alumni Portal you may not immediately see the Online Voting Channel where there are further instructions on how to cast your vote. If the voting channel is not obvious click on the 'Services' tab and it should appear there. You may also wish to use the 'Customise' tab to add the voting channel to your Home page for the Portal to ensure that it is always there in the future.  Login now.

New Users

If you are new to MyEd then you need to complete the EASE registration process.

EASE is just a fancy name for the 100% super secure system that the University uses for all of its online facilities. Think of it as a master key that fits every electronic door on campus.

Why Register? I Just Want to Vote.

We need to verify your identity because University governance is a serious business. Register now.

Requesting a Postal Vote

Members are strongly encouraged to vote online, but if a postal vote is required you may request one. If you wish to receive a postal vote and have not previously opted for one, please send your request to the General Council Office, Charles Stewart House, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HT, email: general.council@ed.ac.uk, to be received by 28 November of the year prior to the election at the latest. 

 

Rules and Regulations

Regulations for General Council Elections

The Regulations for General Council elections contain the formal procedures and legal background for all elections. Click here

Nomination Papers

Business Committee Election Nomination Papers Click here

General Council Assessor Nomination Papers   Click here

Protocol for General Council Elections

The practical procedures, information on the organisation of elections and additional details about the elections are described here. Click here

Alternative Vote election Rules

The Single Transferable Vote, when used for a single-winner election, is commonly known as the Alternative Vote. The detailed Alternative Vote counting rules are described here: Click here

STV-PR Election Rules

The detailed counting rules for the Single Transferable Vote applied to multi-winner elections are described here: Click here