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General Council News

The next meeting of the General Council will take place on Saturday 27 June 2015 at 10.30 am in Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews. Tea/coffee will be available from 10 am.

Business Committee vacancies - nominations closed for the seven vacancies on the Business Committee on 22 April. There are ten nominees for seven places. Voting opened at 12 noon on 20 May and will close at 12 noon on 17 June 2015.  Further information, including the list of nominees can be found here

What is the General Council?

The General Council of the University of St Andrews is the corporate body of all graduates and senior academics of the University of St Andrews in Scotland. It was originally instituted by the Universities (Scotland) Act 1858, but its constitution and organisation have been considerably altered by subsequent statutes.

Who are members of General Council?

Membership of the General Council is governed by ordinance No. 96 of the University of St Andrews and is as follows:-

"The Chancellor, all graduates of the University (including honorary graduates) and holders of the Licentiateship in Dental Surgery, members and former members of the University Court, Professors and former Professors of the University, Readers and Lecturers who have been in office for more than one year, former Readers and Lecturers who were members of the Council during their tenure of office as such and who continued in the employment of the University until retirement."

The Principal of the University is a member of the General Council Business Committee.

What does the General Council do?

The General Council has a Business Committee made up of elected and ex-officio members whose role is to transact business remitted by the General Council, to frame the programme of business to be submitted to meetings of the Council and to act on behalf of the Council, under powers specifically conferred upon the Committee, or in circumstances of emergency. Members receive regular reports on the activities of the University which are open to discussion and comment. The University Court, the senior governing body of the University, is obliged to respond to any comments made by the General Council. Members may raise any matter bearing upon the University by referring it to the Convener of the Business Committee of the General Council via the Clerk to the General Council

The General Council elects the Chancellor of the University who is President of the Council. The General Council also elects two assessors to the University Court. In addition, there are at least two other lay members who are graduates.

Under the Universities (Scotland) Act 1966, new Ordinances and Resolutions from the University Court are communicated in draft form to the General Council, whose opinion is taken into consideration.


General Council

Crawford Building
91 North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AJ
Scotland, United Kingdom

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