Candidates unveiled for University of Aberdeen Rector elections

Candidates unveiled for University of Aberdeen Rector elections

The two nominations for the historic post of Rector of the University of Aberdeen have been revealed.

Maggie Chapman, co-convener of the Scottish Green Party and James Steel, a successful lawyer, will both stand for election.

The Rector of the University is an ancient post dating back to the foundation of the University in 1495. Since 1860 the Rector was the students' only representative, and, in more recent years, their main representative on the University Court.

Voting will take place between November 11 and November 13.

The candidates:

Maggie Chapman
Maggie Chapman is Co-Convener of the Scottish Green Party and an Edinburgh councillor. She moved to the UK from Zimbabwe where she was born and brought up. As well as her councillor role, Maggie teaches at Napier University and is working towards a PhD in Geography at Edinburgh University. She has worked in the west of Scotland in Environmental Management, and as a community carer throughout Edinburgh.

James Steel
Educated and raised in Glasgow, James Steel began his career there as a solicitor. He concentrated on court work and, on moving to Aberdeen in 1972, developed that, becoming the court partner successively in two Aberdeen firms. He is currently a consultant and has been tutoring university students in law at the University since 1976.