The most recent meeting of the International Standing Committee took place on February 6th shortly after the Half Yearly Meeting of the General Council Business Committee on February 1st and an additional meeting on January 31st with guests from alumni clubs in London and Brussels, the day that the UK left the EU and entered the period of transition to December 31st this year.
Business Committee members are invited to attend the following standing committee meetings to hear the guest speaker:
Please note the following:
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 1 February 2020:
Mrs Almira Delibegovic-Broome
Dr Frances Dow
Professor Steve Hillier
Professor Francis McManus
Professor Graeme Reid
Ms Krystyna Szumelukowa
Mr Peter De Vink
On Thursday 20th February 2020 the Public Affairs Standing Committee (PASC) met with Stuart Tooley, Community Relations Manager, and Gavin Donoghue, Deputy Director of Stakeholder Relations, to discuss the university’s integration into the city and its relationship with local communities.
The Academic Standing Committee was briefed on current student priorities by Mr Andrew Wilson (President, EUSA) at its meeting on Monday 24 February 2020. Mr Wilson reminded the committee that there are approx. 43K students of multiple ethnicities, persuasions and backgrounds at the University, and it was a challenge for him to represent them all. Issues covered were Tackling Elitism, Widening Participation, Freedom of Expression, Sexual Health and Guidance (#NoExcuse), Mental Health and Wellbeing (#TakeTen), Living on a Budget, and Sustainability.
The first FSSC meeting this Session, on 14 November 2019, was with the HR Director, James Saville, given the then impending industrial action over pensions and pay.
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 successful summer meeting was held on Saturday June 15th 2019 in the McEwan Hall. The formal proceedings were followed by excellent presentation from Professor James Smith, Vice-Principal International and an interactive panel discussion with senior academics whose work is focused on the University’s engagement in and with Africa.
The General Council's recent Half-Yearly Meeting and Lunch took place on Saturday 1st February 2020 in the Bayes Centre, Potterrow, Edinburgh. Members also had a chance to join a tour of the Robotarium before the meeting. Lunch took place in the Informatics building next door and the after-lunch speaker was Professor Sethu Vijayakumar, Professor of Robotics at the University, and a Judge on BBC Robot Wars, who gave a fascinating talk on the future of interactive robotics.
Some of the material is available as a record of the event for those who were unable to attend:
Ethical engagement with China: opportunities and challenges