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.

Our structure

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

Principal's Office further information

The University is divided into three colleges, which collectively host 21 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.

Strategy 2030


How decisions are made

The University is governed by University Court and Committees:

Find out more about our Governance Structure


Our Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The University has a strong and long-standing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and to promoting a positive environment, which ensures fairness, challenges prejudice, and celebrates difference.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion | The University of Edinburgh

Governed by our Dignity and Respect Policy and embedded in the University Behaviours Charter, a zero tolerance stance is taken towards any form of bullying or harassment. Staff and students are empowered and supported in challenging any instances of unacceptable behaviour.


The Behaviours Charter | The University of Edinburgh


Working with our local communities

The University has worked with the community to write a Community Plan 2020 - 2025. The Plan has 32 commitments and outlines how we will deliver on part of our promise of Social and Civic Responsibility. Our aim is to have a positive social impact, act responsibly and work collaboratively with local communities. 

Whether you are a student, member of academic or non-academic staff, there are ways for everyone to get involved. Visit the dedicated webpages to find out how.

Community engagement for staff and students

Community Plan 2020 - 2025

Social and Civic Responsibility 


Further information about the University

Information about the University

Facts and figures

The history of the University

Key dates in the year

Staff news

Acronym buster



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