There will be an election for five members of the Business Committee in February 2021.
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:
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.
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.
Finance and Services Standing Committee
Committee members met on-line with Lee Hamill, Director of Finance, on 18 June.
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.