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Servitorial and Ceremonial Services

Information on the Servitorial Services of the University.

Contact us

 
Name Phone Email
Steve Downes (Servitorial Services Manager - Central) 0131 650 8446 Steve.Downes@ed.ac.uk
George Gillies (Senior Janitor - King's Buildings and Peripheral Areas) 0131 650 8601 George.Gillies@ed.ac.uk
Rafik Bakhat (Senior Janitor - King's Buildings) 0131 650 8601 rafik.bakhat@ed.ac.uk
George Tod (Senior Janitor - Holyrood and Old College Area) 0131 650 2157 george.tod@ed.ac.uk
Peter McDonald (Senior Janitor - George Square and Teviot Place) 0131 650 8300 peter.mcdonald@ed.ac.uk
Graham Strachan (Senior Janitor - Edinburgh College of Art) 0131 651 5900 gstracha@exseed.ed.ac.uk
Kris Tod (Senior Janitor - Holyrood Area) 0131 651 6028 Kris.Tod@ed.ac.uk
Uniformed staff of the University in their ceremonial gowns

Servitorial

The servitorial section is divided into areas run by Senior Janitors assisted by Janitors. They provide a variety of services within buildings across the University, these include:

  • the opening and closing of buildings
  • setting up rooms for lectures, tutorials and meetings
  • small equipment and furniture moved within and between buildings

Any of these services can be requested by contacting the relevant Senior Janitor above.

Ceremonial

University Servitors carry out all uniformed ceremonial duties within the University.

During graduations, the Bedelus and Staff Bearer take part in the procession and invite graduates to approach the Principal to have their degree conferred. Additional Servitors are there to ensure guests are guided to their required seats for the ceremony.