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Steve Morrison confirmed as Rector

Steve Morrison has been confirmed as the University’s 52nd Rector.

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An Edinburgh alumnus, he is a TV producer and broadcaster.

Mr Morrison took 2,666 votes in the Rectorial Election 2015, winning 62 per cent of the total vote. He defeated the serving Rector, Peter McColl.

I am delighted that the University of Edinburgh’s staff and students have supported my vision for the future of education and will bring it to life in the modern world. I will do everything I can to repay their trust. Edinburgh is a great university.

Steve MorrisonNewly confirmed University Rector

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Mr Morrison holds both an undergraduate degree and an honorary doctorate in social science from the University.

He was the first student to run for Rector in 1969.

He is a member of the advisory board of Edinburgh College of Art.


After graduating from university, Mr Morrison attended the National Film and Television School and then joined Granada Television in 1974.

He formed Granada Film, which won two Academy Awards for ‘My Left Foot’, and later became the Granada’s Director of Programmes and then Chief Executive.

He left to found All3Media, Britain’s largest independent TV production group.

Mr Morrison was instrumental in the formation of the campaign group Third World First, which went on to become the anti-poverty organisation People & Planet.

We are delighted to welcome Steve Morrison as the next Rector of the University of Edinburgh and look forward to working with him.

Tracey SlavenDeputy Returning Officer, Rectorial Election 2015