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 meets 7 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.

Think you know someone up to the job? Find out how to nominate them here.

The Acting Academic Registrar responsible for the organisation of the Election is Rachael Bernard, and she has nominated Mr Nicholas Edwards to act on her behalf for all issues referred to in these rules. The Elections Committee can also be contacted through Mr Edwards.

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Election Timetable

Nominations Open Monday 2 October 2017 at 9.00am
Nominations Close Thursday 19 October 2017 at 1.00pm
Campaigning Open Monday 6 November 2017 at 12.01am
Voting Commences Tuesday 14 November 2017 at 9.00am
Voting Closes Thursday 16 November 2017 at 5.00pm
Announcement of Results Thursday 16 November 2017 at 6.00pm

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.