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Ann Henderson confirmed as Rector

Ann Henderson has been elected as the University’s 53rd Rector.

She will assume the role of Rector on 1 March and will preside at her first Court meeting on 23 April.

Securing 2324 votes in the Election of Rector 2018, she won 77 per cent of the vote to defeat fellow candidate Marco Bauder.

She will become the second woman to hold the role since its creation in 1859.  Muriel Gray was the first to do so, in 1998.

Ann Henderson confirmed as Rector
Ann Henderson confirmed as Rector


More information on the candidates, including their biographies and links to election websites, is available on the Elect your Rector website.


Important role

The Rector is elected for a period of three years and presides at the University’s Governing body, the University Court. 

They also chair meetings of the General Council in the absence of the Chancellor, and work closely with Edinburgh University Students’ Association.

Prestigious position

The position of Rector – created in the 19th century by the Universities Scotland Act 1858 – has a long and prestigious history.

It has been filled by eminent politicians and public figures, including Sir Winston Churchill and William Gladstone.

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