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The role of the Rector at the University of Edinburgh
The role of the Rector at the University of Edinburgh
Published: 2017/11/21
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
2015 - Rector at the University of Edinburgh
2015 - Rector at the University of Edinburgh
Published: 2014/11/12
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
Interview with Rector Iain MacWhirter
Interview with Rector Iain MacWhirter
Published: 2011/11/16
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
Selected Originals - Rector Of Edinburgh University (1958)
Selected Originals - Rector Of Edinburgh University (1958)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
University of Edinburgh guide
University of Edinburgh guide
Published: 2016/09/05
Channel: The Telegraph
The city of Edinburgh
The city of Edinburgh
Published: 2009/02/12
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
#SteveforRector: What Is The Rector?
#SteveforRector: What Is The Rector?
Published: 2015/02/09
Channel: Outer Limit Productions
Vote MILO For Rector (University Of Glasgow)
Vote MILO For Rector (University Of Glasgow)
Published: 2017/03/19
Channel: MILO
The benefits of a four-year degree
The benefits of a four-year degree
Published: 2015/03/05
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
New Rector confirmed
New Rector confirmed
Published: 2015/02/12
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
Euripides G. Stephanou, Rector, University Of Crete
Euripides G. Stephanou, Rector, University Of Crete
Published: 2014/01/14
Channel: Academy for Cultural Diplomacy
Installation of Edinburgh
Installation of Edinburgh's new Rector
Published: 2009/03/11
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
Студентите в чужбина разказват - Яна и Ангел за The University of Edinburgh
Студентите в чужбина разказват - Яна и Ангел за The University of Edinburgh
Published: 2014/11/15
Channel: StudyMentors
Edinburgh University 2-1 Whitehill Welfare
Edinburgh University 2-1 Whitehill Welfare
Published: 2017/08/19
Channel: Whitehill Welfare FC
Rector Election - Edinburgh
Rector Election - Edinburgh
Published: 2008/11/17
Channel: stillguessing
INSTALLATION OF NEW RECTOR
INSTALLATION OF NEW RECTOR
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: British Movietone
Welcome to the University of Edinburgh
Welcome to the University of Edinburgh
Published: 2008/11/18
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh   Eating on Campus
The University of Edinburgh Eating on Campus
Published: 2017/07/05
Channel: uoeliving - The University of Edinburgh Accommodation, Catering and Events
Selected Originals - New Rector (1958)
Selected Originals - New Rector (1958)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Princess Elizabeth Degree At Edinburgh University (1949)
Princess Elizabeth Degree At Edinburgh University (1949)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
The New Rector (1958)
The New Rector (1958)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Interview with Iain Macwhirter
Interview with Iain Macwhirter
Published: 2009/02/12
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
Graduation at University of Edinburgh 29.06.11 (Architectural Design) P1080847.MOV
Graduation at University of Edinburgh 29.06.11 (Architectural Design) P1080847.MOV
Published: 2011/06/30
Channel: stoneheaper
What would you like to see at the University of Edinburgh by 2020?
What would you like to see at the University of Edinburgh by 2020?
Published: 2015/09/21
Channel: Edinburgh University Students' Association
Vote Peter McColl for Edinburgh Rector
Vote Peter McColl for Edinburgh Rector
Published: 2015/02/05
Channel: Peter McColl for Rector
Edinburgh University Predators vs Glasgow University Tigers
Edinburgh University Predators vs Glasgow University Tigers
Published: 2013/03/17
Channel: GlasgowUTigers
Nigel Topham
Nigel Topham
Published: 2014/02/26
Channel: The School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh
£60m University library upgrade
£60m University library upgrade
Published: 2010/03/09
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
Douglas Haig officiates the ceremony to appoint Rudyard Kipling as the Rector of ...HD Stock Footage
Douglas Haig officiates the ceremony to appoint Rudyard Kipling as the Rector of ...HD Stock Footage
Published: 2014/04/05
Channel: CriticalPast
The Radio - Edinburgh University
The Radio - Edinburgh University
Published: 2018/01/24
Channel: Luke Williams
University of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh
Published: 2016/11/26
Channel: MBA POINET
Edinburgh Graduation Ceremony
Edinburgh Graduation Ceremony
Published: 2008/06/28
Channel: victoriandesign
Academic dress of the University of Edinburgh
Academic dress of the University of Edinburgh
Published: 2016/09/16
Channel: WikiWikiup
Pascoe Harvey, Student at the University of Edinburgh (UK)
Pascoe Harvey, Student at the University of Edinburgh (UK)
Published: 2014/09/11
Channel: EuropaBio - The European Association for Bioindustries
East Kilbride vs Edinburgh University
East Kilbride vs Edinburgh University
Published: 2017/02/22
Channel: EastKilbrideFC TV
Top 10 University In Europe 2017 || Naive News
Top 10 University In Europe 2017 || Naive News
Published: 2017/07/05
Channel: B. M. Nayemuzzaman
Gordon Brown previews commission
Gordon Brown previews commission
Published: 2013/10/18
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
Duke Of Edinburgh At Rector
Duke Of Edinburgh At Rector's Conference (1955)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
University of Edinburgh Graduation Ceremony 2008
University of Edinburgh Graduation Ceremony 2008
Published: 2008/08/21
Channel: Foh9UK
Students
Students' Boisterous Welcome (1931)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Justice Is Done (1964)
Justice Is Done (1964)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
University of Aberdeen Rectorial Hustings - 13th November 2017
University of Aberdeen Rectorial Hustings - 13th November 2017
Published: 2017/11/15
Channel: University of Aberdeen
Great minds honour maths maestro in Edinburgh
Great minds honour maths maestro in Edinburgh
Published: 2009/04/28
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
Bill Gates and Penny Mordaunt launch the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security
Bill Gates and Penny Mordaunt launch the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security
Published: 2018/01/26
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
Iain Macwhirter for Rector
Iain Macwhirter for Rector
Published: 2009/02/05
Channel: macwhirter09
My graduation ceremony at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
My graduation ceremony at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
Published: 2017/06/23
Channel: Anik Nandi
Join The Student at The University of Edinburgh
Join The Student at The University of Edinburgh
Published: 2014/02/25
Channel: Kiren Shoker
Jonathan Jansen - Lessons from South Africa
Jonathan Jansen - Lessons from South Africa
Published: 2015/01/21
Channel: The Brainwaves Video Anthology
Vote George Foulkes for Rector: Securing Graduate Jobs
Vote George Foulkes for Rector: Securing Graduate Jobs
Published: 2009/02/08
Channel: stillguessing
University of Aberdeen Rector Installation - Maggie Chapman
University of Aberdeen Rector Installation - Maggie Chapman
Published: 2015/03/23
Channel: University of Aberdeen
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Gordon Brown, elected Rector while a student, later served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

The Lord Rector of the University of Edinburgh is elected every three years by the students and staff at the University of Edinburgh. Seldom referred to as Lord Rector, the incumbent is more commonly known just as the Rector. The current Rector is Steve Morrison.

Role[edit]

The Rector chairs the University's highest governing body, the University Court; in addition the Rector chairs meetings of the General Council in the absence of the Chancellor. In more recent years the role has included a function akin to that of an ombudsperson for the university community. In their position, the Rector can exert considerable influence in Court and in the body politic of the University. He/she can be well-informed about student and staff issues and concerns, can champion their causes, and can make sure that these issues are fully aired in Court.[1][2]

History[edit]

The position of Rector, along with the positions of Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor, was only created in 1858. Prior to this, the University was governed by the Lord Provost, Magistrates, and town council of Edinburgh. The rector's place in the university was codified by statute of the Westminster Parliament, the Universities (Scotland) Act 1889, which provided for the election of a Rector at all universities then in existence in Scotland. To this day only the ancient universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and St Andrews plus the newer Dundee, elect a Rector; the 20th century universities do not.

In 1935 students went to great lengths to invite Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky to become Rector, Trotsky turned down the offer stating: "The elections to the rectorate are conducted on a non-political basis and your letter itself is signed by representatives of every political tendency. But I myself occupy too definite a political position. … [I could not] appear on any public tribune not under the Bolshevik banner."[3]

Successful candidates are typically well-known figures with some connection to the city. Gordon Brown was unusual in being elected at the age of 21 while still a student, several years before he became politically prominent.

The 2009 election was won by political journalist Iain Macwhirter. Macwhirter defeated Labour peer and MSP Lord Foulkes to become the University's 50th Rector, earning 4,822 votes, or 69% of the total vote.[4] Respect politician George Galloway withdrew his candidacy on 6 February 2009.[5][6]

Current Rector[edit]

On 11 February 2015 the university announced Steve Morrison as the new Rector. Morrison beat the incumbent, Peter McColl, with 61.9% of the vote. Morrison is a TV producer and former chairman of Granada Television.[7][8]

List of Rectors[edit]

Rectors of the university were as follows:[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Rector". University of Edinburgh. Archived from the original on 16 October 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "How the Rector's Role has Changed". University of Edinburgh. Archived from the original on 28 August 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Letter from Leon Trotsky to the students of Edinburgh University, 7 June 1935". Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections. Archived from the original on 24 September 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Iain Macwhirter chosen as Edinburgh’s 50th Rector | News | News and events
  5. ^ Macleod, Fiona (13 January 2009). "Clash of the political titans in battle to be new university rector". The Scotsman. Edinburgh, UK. 
  6. ^ Swanson, Ian (13 January 2009). "Firebrand Galloway joins fight to be university's next Rector". The Scotsman. Edinburgh, UK. 
  7. ^ Bugajski, Matt; Dewitt, Ethan (11 February 2015). "Steve Morrison wins rectorial election with 61.9% of vote". The Student. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Steve Morrison's candidate statement - Rectorial Election 2015". Archived from the original on 12 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "The Rector of the University". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 17 August 2008. 
  10. ^ Paul Addison (30 September 2004). "Churchill, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer (1874–1965)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 10 September 2007. 

External links[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • "List of rectors". Previously Answered Reference Questions. Edinburgh University Library. Retrieved 29 July 2006. 
  • "List of chancellors". Previously Answered Reference Questions. Edinburgh University Library. Retrieved 29 July 2006. 
  • Wintersgill, Donald (2005). The Rectors of the University of Edinburgh 1859–2000. Dunedin Academic Press. ISBN 1-903765-44-7. 

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