Further to its approval of the final Draft of University of Edinburgh Ordinance No. 216 concerning removal of Members of the University Court the University Court is empowered to determine by Resolution the procedure to be followed in exercising the power to remove Court members. The University Court of June 15th, 2020 referred its draft Resolution to this effect to the General Council and the Senate for their observations. Members of the General Council may respond as individuals or via the General Council Office.
Gordon Cairns’ term of office as Vice-Convener of the Business Committee is due to end on July 31st, 2020. He indicated that he was willing to serve for a second term. The Business Committee followed the procedures laid out in the Constitutional Arrangements for the election of a Vice-Convener.
Gordon Cairns was nominated unopposed and duly appointed as Vice-Convener of the Business Committee from August 1st, 2020, to serve for a further four years.
We have closely followed Government advice and the University’s lead in action to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus Covid-19. We place a high priority on the health and wellbeing of General Council members. Accordingly, the following measures have been taken:
We have taken the unprecedented decision to cancel the General Council’s Half-Yearly Meeting, which was scheduled to have taken place on Saturday June 13th, 2020.
Professor Stuart Macpherson’s term of office as Convener of the Business Committee is due to end on July 31st, 2020. He indicated he did not wish to stand for a second term. The Business Committee followed the procedures laid out in the Constitutional Arrangements.
Sir Philip Mawer was nominated unopposed and duly appointed to succeed Prof. Macpherson as Convener of the Business Committee from August 1st, 2020, to serve for four years in the first instance.
Here at the University of Edinburgh, our priority is the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, and visitors.
Recognising the rapidly evolving impact of Covid-19, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the next scheduled meeting of the General Council on Saturday 13 June 2020.
We will be in touch in due course with information on a re-scheduled date for this event.
The International Standing Committee met for the first time on ZOOM on Midsummer’s Day to hear from Alan Mackay, Director of Edinburgh Global, how the university is managing the ongoing Covid-19 emergency; preparing for the return of students in the next academic year; and creatively looking ahead to adapt to a post Covid-19 and Brexit world.
From time to time, Business Committee members are invited to attend other standing committee meetings to hear the guest speaker. Details of forthcoming meetings will be recorded here.
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
PASC report for the website – From virtual Zoom meeting with Chris Cox on Monday 22nd June 2020.
On Monday 22nd June 2020 the Public Affairs Standing Committee (PASC) held our first virtual meeting with Chris Cox, Vice Principal Philanthropy and Advancement, to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the University and specifically, on the activity of Development and Alumni (D&A).
Academic Standing Committee
Meeting with Prof Colm Harmon (Vice-Principal Students) 22 June 2020, Online via Zoom
ASC met with Prof Colm Harmon (VP Students) to be briefed on the impact of Covid-19 on the experience of current students and what the University has been doing to mitigate it. The primary message was, “business as usual”. The Student Action Plan implemented last year remained intact and operational. The original financial investment and associated projects were proceeding as planned.
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:
The next General Council Half-Yearly Meeting will be held on Saturday 6th February 2021 in Lecture Theatre G.07, the Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh. The meeting will take place at 10.30am and our Principal, Professor Peter Mathieson, will present the Annual Report from the University. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available in the atrium from 10am.