The Lord Rector of the University of Aberdeen
is the students' representative and chairman in the University Court
of the University of Aberdeen
. The position is rarely known by its full title and most often referred to simply as "Rector
". The Rector is elected by students of the University and serves a three year term. Although the position has existed since 1495, it was only officially made the students' representative in 1860.
The position exists in common throughout the ancient universities of Scotland
with Rectorships in existence at the Universities of Glasgow
and St Andrews
. The position is given legal standing by virtue of the Universities (Scotland) Act 1889 and is the third office of precedence in the university (following the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor / Principal). Rectors also appoint a Rector's Assessor, who may carry out their functions when they are absent from the University.
The 1996 election was unusual in that one of the two candidates (who lost by approximately 100 votes) had recently completed studies at the University, highlighting the fact that there is no rule preventing a member of the student body from standing for the post and that the trend for celebrity candidates might distance the office from the issues of student life.Gaudie
(Aberdeen University student newspaper), May 1996
The current Rector is Stephen Robertson.
Each Rector appoints a Rector's... Read More