Quest to find Rector begins

Nominations for the prestigious role of University Rector are now being accepted ahead of elections that will take place in 2015.

Staff and students have until 13 January 2015 to nominate candidates. Voting will take place in February.

Influential role

The Rector presides at meetings of the University Court, the governing body of the University of Edinburgh. Uniquely elected by students and staff, the Rector ensures that the interests of the whole University community are considered in the Court’s decision making processes. Elections for the influential role take place every three years.

This is your chance to influence decision making at the highest levels in the University and make an impact on how students’ views are represented. I encourage all students to take full advantage of this opportunity to guide our future to make real change.

Briana PegadoPresident, Edinburgh University Students’ Association

Role of the Rector

Watch our short video to find out more about the role of the Rector.


The position of Rector has a long and prestigious history. Previous Rectors include former Prime Ministers Gordon Brown, Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George and Earl Kitchener.

Others to hold the post include the scientist Sir Alexander Fleming, the actor James Robertson Justice, the musician Donnie Munro and the footballer John Colquhoun.

Author and broadcaster Muriel Gray is the only woman to have served as Rector.


All current staff and students are eligible to nominate candidates. Nominees must provide written confirmation that they accept the nomination and must be supported by a minimum of 40 signatures from University staff and students.

Nominations close at 12 noon on Tuesday 13 January 2015. Voting will take place on 10 and 11 February 2015.

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