John Mayer
University of Edinburgh:

Between January 2001 and September 2003 John was delighted to be elected to serve his university as a Member of the Business Committee of the General Council of the University of Edinburgh. John sat on the important Finance Committee and assisted in approving many projects including the appointment of several Chairs (Professorships). In his time on the Council the university changed structure from the old Faculties to the new 'Schools' model. Also in his time, many new buildings and refurbishments of old university buildings were approved. When invited by the Convener, John often provided legal insight and guidance on subjects such as the Council's relationship with the University Court and the powers of the Privy Council under the Universities (Scotland) Act. It was a particular pleasure for John to hear submissions from world-class Professors who taught him many years before.

Graduation Ceremony

This picture shows John amongst those who were privileged to graduate His Highness The Sheikh Sultan Bin Muhammad al-Qasimi ruler of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. His Highness was celebrating a 25 year relationship with the University of Edinburgh, which has the oldest department of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Western World. As a child his Highness was educated in Sharjah, Kuwait and Dubai. In 1971 he graduated Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Cairo, Egypt. In 1985 his Highness graduated Doctor of Philosophy with distinction in history from the University of Exeter, England. His Highness is therefore an accomplished academic whose foresight in forging such a strong relationship with the University of Edinburgh is a precious flower indeed. Long may it flourish.

John was also privileged to be amongst those who graduated Dr Alan Rodger QC with the degree 'Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa'. This legal giant is better known as Baron Rodger of Earlsferry, formerly L ord President of the Court of Session and presently one of the two Privy Councillors who is shaping the architecture of the new Scottish Devolution Settlement.

Both men were excellent company on the Graduation Stage in the magnificent McEwan Hall and after their formal ceremonies.
John looks forward to the day when he may again be elected to serve.