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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: 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
Installation of Edinburgh
Installation of Edinburgh's new Rector
Published: 2009/03/11
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
The city of Edinburgh
The city of Edinburgh
Published: 2009/02/12
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
Postgraduate life at Edinburgh
Postgraduate life at Edinburgh
Published: 2015/03/05
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
Vote MILO For Rector (University Of Glasgow)
Vote MILO For Rector (University Of Glasgow)
Published: 2017/03/19
Channel: MILO
New Rector confirmed
New Rector confirmed
Published: 2015/02/12
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
Edinburgh strengthens North American commitment
Edinburgh strengthens North American commitment
Published: 2014/10/22
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
Athletes ready for Games glory
Athletes ready for Games glory
Published: 2014/07/07
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
Vote Peter McColl for Edinburgh Rector
Vote Peter McColl for Edinburgh Rector
Published: 2015/02/05
Channel: Peter McColl for Rector
Academic dress of the University of Edinburgh
Academic dress of the University of Edinburgh
Published: 2016/09/16
Channel: WikiWikiup
The benefits of a four-year degree
The benefits of a four-year degree
Published: 2015/03/05
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
What should you bring with you to Edinburgh?
What should you bring with you to Edinburgh?
Published: 2015/07/17
Channel: University of Edinburgh Business School
#SteveforRector: What Is The Rector?
#SteveforRector: What Is The Rector?
Published: 2015/02/09
Channel: Outer Limit Productions
INSTALLATION OF NEW RECTOR
INSTALLATION OF NEW RECTOR
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: British Movietone
Matt: Glasgow vs Edinburgh
Matt: Glasgow vs Edinburgh
Published: 2017/03/01
Channel: University of Glasgow
Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh
Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh
Published: 2014/11/05
Channel: The School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh
Gordon Brown previews commission
Gordon Brown previews commission
Published: 2013/10/18
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh
Published: 2013/09/26
Channel: Andreea Georgescu
The University of Aberdeen - New Rector Installed
The University of Aberdeen - New Rector Installed
Published: 2015/03/23
Channel: Northsound 1
The New Rector (1958)
The New Rector (1958)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Season
Season's greetings to all our alumni from the University of Edinburgh
Published: 2014/12/11
Channel: Edinburgh Alumni
Edward Snowden Welcomes Glasgow University Students
Edward Snowden Welcomes Glasgow University Students
Published: 2014/09/15
Channel: gusttv
How recycling works at the University of Edinburgh
How recycling works at the University of Edinburgh
Published: 2015/04/08
Channel: Social Responsibility & Sustainability
2014 University of Edinburgh Graduation Ceremony H&K June 30
2014 University of Edinburgh Graduation Ceremony H&K June 30
Published: 2014/08/22
Channel: kawaramachi
Jonathan Jansen - Lessons from South Africa
Jonathan Jansen - Lessons from South Africa
Published: 2015/01/21
Channel: The Brainwaves Video Anthology
MSc Financial Management at the University of Edinburgh Business School
MSc Financial Management at the University of Edinburgh Business School
Published: 2016/02/12
Channel: World Universities
The University of Edinburgh Kendo Club Promotional Video
The University of Edinburgh Kendo Club Promotional Video
Published: 2016/02/12
Channel: World Universities
My graduation ceremony at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
My graduation ceremony at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
Published: 2017/06/23
Channel: Anik Nandi
Rector Election - Edinburgh
Rector Election - Edinburgh
Published: 2008/11/17
Channel: stillguessing
Duke Of Edinburgh At Rector
Duke Of Edinburgh At Rector's Conference (1955)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Installation of the 96th Rector of The University of Santo Tomas
Installation of the 96th Rector of The University of Santo Tomas
Published: 2012/06/12
Channel: The Varsitarian
Interview with Iain Macwhirter
Interview with Iain Macwhirter
Published: 2009/02/12
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh University Predators vs Glasgow University Tigers
Edinburgh University Predators vs Glasgow University Tigers
Published: 2013/03/17
Channel: GlasgowUTigers
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
Justice Is Done (1964)
Justice Is Done (1964)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Why study Marketing at the University of Edinburgh Business School
Why study Marketing at the University of Edinburgh Business School
Published: 2016/02/12
Channel: World Universities
University of Aberdeen Rector Installation - Maggie Chapman
University of Aberdeen Rector Installation - Maggie Chapman
Published: 2015/03/23
Channel: University of Aberdeen
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
The University of Edinburgh: Your Undergraduate Degree (by Muckle Hen Productions)
The University of Edinburgh: Your Undergraduate Degree (by Muckle Hen Productions)
Published: 2012/11/26
Channel: Muckle Hen
William Byrd: Siderum rector
William Byrd: Siderum rector
Published: 2017/05/06
Channel: Edinburgh University Renaissance Singers EURS
Golden Boy gets new gilt coat
Golden Boy gets new gilt coat
Published: 2014/09/04
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
Prof. Richard Freeman - Doing Politics
Prof. Richard Freeman - Doing Politics
Published: 2015/02/12
Channel: The University of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh Student - Development Impact Bond Fund
University of Edinburgh Student - Development Impact Bond Fund
Published: 2014/01/16
Channel: Jordan Sinclair
Top 10 University In Europe 2017 || Naive News
Top 10 University In Europe 2017 || Naive News
Published: 2017/07/05
Channel: B. M. Nayemuzzaman
University of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh's Golden Boy statue gets a new gilt coat
Published: 2014/10/02
Channel: STV Edinburgh
Vote George Foulkes for Rector: Securing Graduate Jobs
Vote George Foulkes for Rector: Securing Graduate Jobs
Published: 2009/02/08
Channel: stillguessing
Princess Elizabeth Degree At Edinburgh University (1949)
Princess Elizabeth Degree At Edinburgh University (1949)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Welcome to Your Students
Welcome to Your Students' Association!
Published: 2016/09/13
Channel: Edinburgh University Students' Association
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WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE

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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. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "How the Rector’s Role has Changed". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Letter from Leon Trotsky to the students of Edinburgh University, 7 June 1935". Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections. 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". 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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