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Clarissa to be re-installed as Rector of the University of Aberdeen

The North-east public will be given the chance to see the installation of top celebrity cook and broadcaster Clarissa Dickson Wright, returned for the second time as Rector for the University of Aberdeen at a ceremony at King's College Chapel tomorrow (Thursday 9 May, 3.30pm).

Celebrity cook Clarissa has taken a high-profile approach to the job of Rector and made history in 1998 when she became the first woman Rector at Aberdeen in more than 500 years. Her return as Aberdeen Rector for a second term is another first for the post.

The ceremony at King's College Chapel will start at 3.30pm with a colourful academic procession representing civic, student and academic life in Aberdeen.

Members of the North-east public have been invited for the first time to attend the ceremony alongside students, University staff and specially invited guests of Miss Dickson Wright. An installation reception will be held immediately following the ceremony in the Linklater Rooms, Elphinstone Hall. Attendance is by free ticket only and tickets can be obtained by telephoning (01224) 272689.

Following the ceremony, the Rector will be carried from King's College Chapel to The St. Machar Bar - aboard Angus the Bull, the student mascot - where she will buy her student supporters the traditional round of drinks.


The following photo opportunities are available for news crews and photographers:

Members of the press wishing to cover the Installation of Rector and Rectorial Address should report to Angela Begg or Emma Darling at 3.15pm outside King's College Conference Centre in the Quadrangle. For further information telephone Public Relations on (01224) 272014 or 272096.

Notes to Editors

The Rector, an ancient post dating back to the foundation of the University in 1495, has been, since 1860, the students' representative on the University Court. Rectors serve for three years and appoint to the Court a Rector's Assessor; student's interests are further served on the Court ex-officio by the President of the Students' Association.

Clarissa Dickson Wright was a barrister before pursuing her talent as a cook, writer and broadcaster. One of the biggest names in British cooking, she owns the Cooks Bookshop in Edinburgh's Grassmarket and appears regularly on television and radio. In 1999, she was elected as Rector of University of Aberdeen championing many student causes from sport to welfare and food. She was re-elected in 2001 for a second term - the first an Aberdeen Rector has be elected for a second term since the Second World War.

Clarissa is perhaps best-known for her hugely popular weekly column in Scotland and Sunday - the online version attracted 200,000 hits every week - and as one of half of the smash-hit BBC TV series 'Two Fat Ladies' with Jennifer Paterson, who died three years. The series attracted some 80 million television viewers worldwide from Aberdeen to Australia. More recently, she has teamed up with her childhood friend Sir John Scott for a major BBC TV series 'Clarissa and the Countryman' where she swaps her motorbike for a Land Rover to bring viewers the beauty and traditions of the British countryside.

Issued by:

Public Relations Office
External Relations
University of Aberdeen
King's College
Tel: +44 (0)1224 272014  Fax: +44 (0)1224  272086

University Press Office on telephone +44 (0)1224-272960
or contact Emma Darling email

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May 08, 2002