Chaired by David Munro, the Constitutional Standing Committee held its first meeting of the session on 18th October. The main item on the agenda was to hear from Dr Lewis Allan, Head of University Court Services, about changes to the University's Ordinances, particularly those affecting the composition of the University Court which had been approved 'in principle' by the General Council at its Half-Yearly Meeting in February 2018.
The February 2019 General Council Half-Yearly Meeting will be held in the newly refurbished School of Law in the Old College Quad. An early tour of the new facilities, planned for before the meeting, will give members an opportunity to see some of the significant changes and renovations that have transformed this building. The meeting will take place at 10.30am and our Principal, Professor Peter Mathieson, will present the Annual Report from the University.
We have been thinking about how to engage more widely with General Council members to promote our activities.
As an experiment we commissioned a videographer to record some informal moments of the June meeting, particularly reflecting one group's experience of the library tours offered that day: click here to view
On Thursday July 5th the Convener of the Business Committee, Stuart McPherson, and the Secretary of the General Council, Ann Smyth, hosted a fact-finding visit from Eoin McMullan and Jonathan Hill of Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). Eoin has recently been appointed Chair of Convocation at QUB, Convocation being comparable to our General Council. Ex officio, he also serves on the University’s governing body. Jonathan is a member of the Convocation Committee which is akin to our Business Committee.
Members of the Business Committee
The February 2019 Election will see five new members elected to the Business Committee for an initial period of four years from 1 August 2019; current Business Committee Membership may be viewed here: read more.
What’s it about?
If you have ever graduated from the University of Edinburgh then you are a member of its General Council. This was set up a very long time ago (1858) to give all graduates a voice and a role in the life of the University. It keeps an eye on the University’s “well-being and prosperity” by interacting with it at many levels - academic, management and students. Importantly, it also elects the Chancellor and three independent members of Court, the governing body.
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.
February 2018’s Half-Yearly Meeting and Lunch took place on Saturday 24 February 2018 in the meeting facilities of the recently refurbished McEwan Hall. The After-Lunch speaker was JJ Chalmers the TV Presenter and Invictus Games Medallist, who gave an impressive and really inspiring talk. Members also had a chance to view the magnificent ceiling in the newly restored auditorium and to look at the names of the donors who contributed to the renovations in the 'Pathway of Enlightenment'.