2018 Rectorial Election

An election will take place shortly to appoint a Rector. 

Details on the timeline; nomination process; election Rules; and people responsible for the election, will be outlined below as soon as they are available. 

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 current Rector is 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 the Student's Association 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 

The Rules relating to the 2018 Rectorial Election will be published here when they are approved by Senate. 

2018 Election Officers

The Returning Officer will be appointed by Senate in due course. 

The Elections Committee will be appointed by Senate in due course. 

The Student Elections Committee will be confirmed in due course. 

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

2018 Election Timetable

Nominations Open TBC
Nominations Close TBC
Electronic Campaigning Opens TBC
Physical Campaigning Opens TBC
Hustings TBC
Voting Opens Information to follow
Voting Closes Information to follow
Announcement of Results Information to follow

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.