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Robots and review at General Council event

The General Council's next half-yearly meeting and lunch takes place on Saturday 1 February 2020, and will include the Principal's annual report plus a chance for members to experience robotics at the University.

Photo of Sethu Vijayakumar, Professor of Robotics
Sethu Vijayakumar, Professor of Robotics

Taking place in the new Bayes Centre, Potterrow, before the meeting members will first have the chance to visit the Robotarium at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics. Here, the University's researchers are the forefront of creating robotic soultions for the modern world, and devloping skilled graduates in the field.

At the Meeting, Professor Peter Mathieson, Principal of the University, will present his Annual Report.


The formal proceedings will be livestreamed on the General Council website, and the meeting will be followed by a reception and lunch in the Informatics Forum, across the quad from the Centre.

The after-lunch speaker will be Professor Sethu Vijayakumar, Professor of Robotics, who will present the issues around the development of autonomy in Artificial Intelligence.

Further details and reservations

Further information and details of how to register can also be found in the upcoming winter 2019/20 edition of Billet.


Members and friends who are unable to join us at the Bayes Centre can still take part. Please click on the ‘Webcast’ tab in the Media section of the website to access the livestream on the day.

General Council: Media

Online questions are invited by email – send your questions to: for a chance to have them answered on the day.

Highlights of both the morning meeting and the after-lunch talk will be available to view in the media section of the General Council website.

General Council elections

General Council members are reminded that online voting opens on 6 January 2020 and polls close on 28 January 2020.

Information about the candidates can be viewed on the General Council website by expanding the ‘Election Status’ section.

General Council: Elections

Business Committee elections