The University and Africa: Past, Present and Future
The next statutory half-yearly meeting for members of the General Council will be held in the McEwan Hall, Foyer 4 at 10.15am on Saturday June 15th 2019. Registration, tea and coffee will be available from 9.30am.
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 16 February 2019:
Dr Edward Bruce Ritson
Ms Moyra Forrest
Lady Joyce Caplan
Ms Sophie Marshall
Mr John Millican
On Thursday 25th April 2019 the Public Affairs Standing Committee (PASC) met with Grant Spence, the Director of Alumni Relations and Rachelle Norry, Head of Alumni Engagement and heard about the University’s new alumni relations model. The new model is to be more holistic and community focused, with a less specific emphasis on fundraising. It will also have a greater focus on the student experience, viewing the entire alumni journey as opposed to starting once a student has left the University.
The International Working Group met on April 1st with Professor Natascha Gentz, Assistant Principal China. China is a major area of international engagement for the University with a robust infrastructure in Edinburgh and in China over more than a decade. It was therefore a useful exemplar for the working group of a regional approach to the University’s global agenda. Prof.
Academic Standing Committee of the General Council Business Committee held on Wednesday 17 April 2019
At its last meeting on 17 April 2019, ASC was pleased to meet with the EUSA VPs whose portfolios deal with awareness and implementation of Liberation and Diversity campaigns across the University campus.
The FSSC met with Gary Jebb, Director of Estates. He outlined how the developments and refurbishments are now co-ordinated with the overall strategy for the University. He outlined the average expected spend per year over the next 10 years and then detailed the major projects that will occur. With planning requirements, designing and building times it is vital to have them identified at an early stage. The committee’s questions were answered frankly. It was a very useful meeting and Gary will be invited back in the future.
20 March 2019
The Constitutional Standing Committee (CSC) has met four times this academic session, the most recent meeting taking place on March 20th. The focus of its work continued to be in reviewing and updating the Constitutional Arrangements for the Working of the University of Edinburgh General Council and its Business Committee.
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 Regulations (GDPR), on registration attendees' permission was sought for the photographs taken at the event to be shown on our website. These can be viewed in the media section of this website.
The General Council's recent Half-Yearly Meeting and Lunch took place on Saturday 16 February 2019 in the newly refurbished School of Law. Members also had a chance to tour the renovations before the meeting. Lunch took place in the Playfair Library Hall and the after-lunch speaker was Professor John Cairns, Professor of Civil Law at the University, who gave an interesting talk on the history of the Old College site.