We have been thinking about how to engage more widely with General Council members to promote our activities.
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.
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.
Many thanks to everyone who voted in the recent election. We would like to welcome Arron Ashton, David Houston, Candice Donnelly, Ario Santini and William Duncan to the Committee.
We are very pleased to have a really good mixture of younger and more mature members in the new intake. They will bring a range of new talents and experience to the Business Committee. This annual intake reinvigorates the Committee and creates new opportunities. It's also important to thank those who stood and didn't succeed this time. It's hoped they may consider standing again in the future.
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.
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'.