Human Resources

Information about the University

The following resources provide an overview of the University including information on strategic priorities, how the University is structured and how decisions are made.

If you are new to the University, looking to meet other new staff and find out more about support available come along to a short online sessions using the platform Zoom.

Tuesday 4th August 2020 at 2.05pm - book your space  

Zoom sign in details will be sent to you 5 working days before the event. This is in line with University guidelines.

Access slides and a recording from previous sessions:



Our structure

The Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Peter Mathieson, is responsible for the overall operation of the University:

Principal's Office further information

Hear from the Principal and Vice-Chancellor

The University is structured into 3 Colleges, 20 Schools and 3 Professional Service Groups. 

A to Z of Schools and Departments

Professional Services Departments

University's Organisational Structure

Our Purpose

As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.

The strategic plan 

How Decisions are Made

The University is governed by University Court and Committees:

Find out more about the Governance Structure

Further information about the University

Information about the University

Facts and figures

The history of the University

Key dates in the year

Staff news

2018 Staff Survey results (EASE login required)

Have Your Say Questions and Answers


Our community

Hear stories from our community



The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities:


Edinburgh Research Office


Student Life and Support

Find out more about what it is like to be a student at the University of Edinburgh:

Student life

Student support 


Teaching Matters

Showcases videos, blogs and events on innovation and success in teaching and learning at Edinburgh:

Teaching Matters