2018 Rectorial Election

The results of the 2018 Rectorial Election were announced on Thurday 22 February. Maggie Chapman has been re-elected as Rector and will commence her three year term on 1 April 2018. More details on the vote can be found in the Report of Voting

What is a Rector?

The Rector of the University of Aberdeen is an ancient post with a rich tradition and the role has been held by many esteemed people throughout the years, including Winston Churchill, Andrew Carnegie, Herbert Henry Asquith and Clarissa Dickson Wright. Our most recent Rector was Maggie Chapman, and she has been in the role since 2014.

The Rector's main role is to represent and support the students of the University and they do this independently of both AUSA and the Administration, meaning they have a direct relationship with the students. The Rector is also a (ex officio) member of the University Court, which is where all the major decisions are made. The Court usually meets 4 times per academic year and the Rector would be expected to attend all of these. The Rector also holds surgeries to hear about concerns and issues the student body may have and spearheads wider campaigns, both within the University and nationally, to make sure that student life at Aberdeen continues to meet the needs for all students.

2018 Election Rules and Nomination Pack

2018 Election Officers

The Returning Officer for this election is Professor Phil Hannaford. 

The Acting Academic Registrar responsible for administering the election is Dr Rachael Bernard. Dr Bernard has deputised Nicholas Edwards (Assistant Registrar) to act as Election Coordinator and Zoe McKellar (Registry Officer) to act as Election Assistant on her behalf. 

The Elections Committee and Student Elections Committee have been appointed and approved by Senate and AUSA. 

You can ask questions on the election, or make contact with any of the people named above, by emailing rectorelection@abdn.ac.uk  

Interesting Facts and Historical Information

The following document was produced by the Scottish Rectors' Group 2007 and provides some more in-depth information, including the history and role of University Rectors in Scotland, and the role of the Rector's Assessor.