The General Council

Forthcoming meetings

General Council Half-Yearly Meeting - Saturday 18th February 2023

The next General Council Half-Yearly Meeting will be held on Saturday 18 February 2023 at 10.30 am in Foyers 3 and 4 in the basement meeting facilities of the McEwan Hall. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available from 10am.

Principal, Professor Peter Mathieson, will present the Annual Report from the University. If you have a question you would like to ask the Principal please email it to:, either beforehand or during the meeting, and the Principal will endeavour to answer as many as possible. Any that are not covered on the day will be answered by email afterwards.

As usual following the Half-Yearly Meeting, members of the General Council, alumni, partners, family and friends are cordially invited to the General Council Lunch, which will take place this year in the splendid surroundings of the Playfair Library.

We are excited to welcome Professor Steve Brusatte to give the after-lunch talk.

Stephen Brusatte is an American paleontologist and evolutionary biologist specialising in the anatomy and evolution of dinosaurs.

His popular books (The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs) have earned him accolades and he has taken part in several documentaries.  He was the palaeontology consultant for the 2022 film Jurassic World Dominion.

Professor Brusatte is Chair of Palaeontology and Evolution at the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Steve Brusatte

General Council meetings are open to all General Council members and are free to attend. Those attending are asked to sign the Register on the day. We look forward to welcoming as many members and friends as possible to these events, so look out for further information as it appears here on this webpage and in the Winter issue of Billet.

Further information and details of how to book for the Lunch (this is the highlighted link to ePay)

Please note that this event will be livestreamed for the benefit of our international alumni clubs, and will be filmed and recorded for the General Council website and publications.