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Town Council of Edinburgh

Rector of the University of Edinburgh

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 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.

It should be noted that Gordon Brown was a student at the time of his election, and was the student movement's candidate; he was not elected due to his political importance as he had not been elected an MP yet.

List of Rectors

References

Bibliography

  • List of rectors. Previously Answered Reference Questions. Edinburgh University Library. Retrieved on 2006-07-29..
  • List of chancellors. Previously Answered Reference Questions. Edinburgh University Library. Retrieved on 2006-07-29..
  • Wintersgill, Donald (2005). The Rectors of the University of Edinburgh 1859-2000. Dunedin Academic Press. ISBN 1-903765-44-7.

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