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Alumni stand in committee elections

Seven alumni are standing for positions on the General Council Business Committee, with elections taking place in February.

General Council 2018 Election candidates
The alumni candidates in the Business Committee elections

The Business Committee plays a pivotal role in ensuring that the views and concerns of graduates are effectively communicated to the University’s governing body, the University Court. It meets five times per year.


The Business Committee is comprised of a Convener and a Vice-Convener, three Assessors to the University Court, the Chancellor's Assessor, twenty Elected Members and the Secretary of the Council. The period of office for Elected Members is four years.

In addition to the statutory obligations which it undertakes on behalf of the General Council with regard to the prosperity and well-being of the University, the Business Committee aims to assist the University in a number of ways.


Five members of the Business Committee are elected every year. Elections are held each February and are overseen by a representative of the Electoral Reform Society. At present, elections are by online voting with the option of a postal ballot on request.

This year's candidates are (also pictured, left to right):

  • Mr Arron Ashton - BSc 2013
  • Mr Taylor Douglas Gibson Dewar - BCom 1996
  • Ms Candice Elizabeth Philippa Donnelly - LLB 2005
  • Dr William Duncan - BSc 1972
  • Dr David James Robert Houston - PhD 1976, MBA 1987
  • Mr Max Palmer-O'Connor - MA 2013
  • Professor Ario Santini - BDS 1966

You can find out more about the candidates and elections on the General Council website:

The General Council Business Committee elections

Meeting and lunch

The General Council is also preparing for its Half-Yearly Meeting and Lunch, which takes place in McEwan Hall on Saturday 24 February. The event will include an after-lunch speech by JJ Chalmers, TV presenter and Invictus Games medallist.

More information on the meeting and lunch can be found on the General Council wesbite:

General Council Half-Yearly Meeting and Lunch

Related links

The General Council