Governance

Discover the people and governance that underpin our work to create, explore, and share knowledge for everyone. 

The Royal Society of Edinburgh is a registered and independent charity (Scottish charity no. SC000470) governed by a Council made up of Fellows competitively elected by their peers. We were granted a Royal Charter in 1783.

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Committee membership election process

The RSE Council is responsible for the governance of the Society and for overseeing the work of the Executive Committee and Standing Committees, to which it delegates specific responsibilities.

Our committees and standing groups bring together a range of expert and practitioner perspectives to inform and influence policy development in critical areas, including education and the economy and enterprise.

Council

The RSE Council consists of Fellows who are appointed annually by their peers through a competitive election process. It is responsible for setting the Society’s overall governance, policy and strategy. It has responsibility for approving the annual budget and operational plan, approving the Trustees’ Annual Report and Accounts, and stewardship of the investments and other assets of the Society. Council is ultimately responsible for all Fellowship matters, including approval of all new Fellows recommended for election

President

 

Vice presidents

Council members

Other office bearers

Committees and standing groups

  • Standing committees

    The RSE hosts several committees and standing groups that bring together a range of expert and practitioner perspectives to inform and influence policy development in…

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