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General Council: be involved

There are several upcoming opportunities for alumni to be involved in the activities of the General Council - the official voice of graduates at the University.

Elections 2019

The closing date to register for online voting in the General Council Business Committee Elections is Monday 11 February 2019 at 5pm. Polls will then close on Tuesday 12 February 2019 at 5pm.  For further details, including profiles of the candidates and ‘how to vote’ please visit the General Council website:

Full Election information

Half-Yearly Meeting and Lunch

Saturday 16 February 2019

The General Council Half-Yearly-Meeting will be held in the newly refurbished School of Law in Old College. There is still time to register for a tour of the building, leaving at 9.30am. The formal proceedings will begin at 10.30am and the event will be livestreamed from the General Council website:

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John Cairns

With Brexit dominating the news, the University’s alumni clubs in the EU have been particularly invited to join us online to hear the Principal, Professor Peter Mathieson, give his annual report.

There will be opportunities for General Council members to submit questions for the Principal online at General.Council@ed.ac.uk, as well as in person at the event.

The meeting is followed by a drinks reception and lunch in the Playfair Library. The after-lunch speaker, Professor John Cairns (pictured), will then give an illustrated presentation about the history of the site of Old College. 

Further information and details of booking the tour or lunch

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