General Council

How you can get involved in shaping the future of the University

The General Council of an ancient university in Scotland is the corporate body of all graduates and academics of each university. General Councils were set up by Act of Parliament to give a voice to the views of graduates on the regulation and wellbeing of the four ancient universities. General Councils play a distinct role in the governance of ancient universities.

As a graduate of the University of Glasgow (or an academic member of staff), you are a member of the General Council. The General Council elects two Assessors to the University Court, the governing body of the University; and works through the General Council Business Committee. 

Members of the General Council are entitled to attend its twice-yearly meetings; they take place in January and June. Details of these meetings are appended to this page and also published in Avenue, the yearly magazine for alumni and friends of the University. Other graduate and alumni events can be found on the alumni webpages.

Meetings of the General Council

Meetings are held at half-yearly intervals (January and June). All General Council Members are entitled to attend, i.e. all graduates and academic staff of the University. Details of recent and future meetings can be found at the link opposite. Notifications of meetings are also published in Avenue (the graduate and alumni magazine) that Members receive twice a year. Avenue is also published online.

 

Election of the Chancellor

The Chancellors of the four ancient universities are elected by their General Councils. In 2006, many thousands of Glasgow General Council members voted to elect a new Chancellor for the University. The winning candidate, Professor Sir Kenneth Calman, was officially installed in his new role on 21 June 2006 at the Commemoration Day ceremony.

Members of the General Council

All members of the General Council are subject to the Code of Practice on Unacceptable Behaviour. This Code sets out the University’s approach to dealing with behaviour it deems unacceptable. All students and staff, their representatives, and members of the public with whom the University communicates, are covered by this Code, including those engaged with one or more of the University’s other codes and procedures (e.g. Student Conduct, Complaints, Appeals or Fitness to Practise). Incidents of unacceptable behaviour are relatively infrequent, but where staff, students, or the work of the University are adversely affected, appropriate and relevant action will be taken. Details of the Code of practice can be found here.