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.
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 16 February 2019:
Dr Edward Bruce Ritson
Ms Moyra Forrest
Lady Joyce Caplan
Ms Sophie Marshall
Mr John Millican
On Thursday 6th June 2019 the Public Affairs Standing Committee (PASC) met with Theresa Merrick, the Director of Communications and Marketing (CAM) and learned about the department’s new structure and their Communication strategies.
CAM is now structured around the three central strands of Marketing, Stakeholder Relations and Communications. We heard about the challenges of mapping all of these different strands across such a large and devolved organisation.
The International Working Group met on April 1st with Professor Natascha Gentz, Assistant Principal China. China is a major area of international engagement for the University with a robust infrastructure in Edinburgh and in China over more than a decade. It was therefore a useful exemplar for the working group of a regional approach to the University’s global agenda. Prof.
Academic Standing Committee, General Council Business Committee
17 June 2019
Student Wellbeing, in its broadest sense, continues to be a major focus for the Academic Standing Committee. Its importance is illustrated by the fact that the committee met on 17 July 2019 to receive information from the Director of Student Wellbeing (Mr Andy Shanks) for the third time, since his appointment in 2017. There were two main strands to his presentation: Mental Health, and Sexual Violence.
The FSSC met with Gary Jebb, Director of Estates. He outlined how the developments and refurbishments are now co-ordinated with the overall strategy for the University. He outlined the average expected spend per year over the next 10 years and then detailed the major projects that will occur. With planning requirements, designing and building times it is vital to have them identified at an early stage. The committee’s questions were answered frankly. It was a very useful meeting and Gary will be invited back in the future.
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 General Council's recent Half-Yearly Meeting and Lunch took place on Saturday 16 February 2019 in the newly refurbished School of Law. Members also had a chance to tour the renovations before the meeting. Lunch took place in the Playfair Library Hall and the after-lunch speaker was Professor John Cairns, Professor of Civil Law at the University, who gave an interesting talk on the history of the Old College site.