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Search for next Rector begins

Nominations for the prestigious role of University Rector are now being accepted ahead of elections in 2018.

Elect your rector

Staff and students have until 26 January 2018 to nominate candidates.

Voting will take place in February 2018.

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.

Notable figures

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.

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

Election process

All current staff and students are eligible to nominate candidates.

Nominees must provide written confirmation that they accept the nomination. They must be supported by a minimum of 40 signatures from University staff and students.

Nominations close at 12 noon on Friday 26 January 2018.

Voting will take place on 26 and 27 February 2018.

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