Rectorial Elections: Historical countdown on Twitter

The Rectorial Elections of 2014 are fast approaching with four candidates: Alan Bissett, Kelvin Holdsworth, Graeme Obree, and Edward Snowden vying for your vote!

A note to  the students of the University, requesting good behaviour during the installation of Rector (March 21, 1886)

A note to the students of the University, requesting good behaviour during the installation of Rector (March 21, 1886)

The first Rectorial Election at the University of Glasgow was held on 18 September 1452 with the Rector being elected by the votes of all members of the University community. Every student, teacher and officer cast a vote until the Universities (Scotland) Act of 1858 decreed that the Rector be elected by the matriculated students of the University. The Rector represents the students of the University, and is also, ex-officio, the Chairman of the University Court, the body which administers the resources of the University.

A poem named 'An Ideal Rector' from the 'College Liberal No.II', Rectorial Newsletter (Nov 1871)

A poem named ‘An Ideal Rector’ from the ‘College Liberal No.II’, Rectorial Newsletter (Nov 1871)

This year the elections open, electronically, on Monday 17 February and close on Tuesday 18 February at 4pm and tomorrow we will begin a 20-day historical countdown on twitter by sharing the profiles of a selection of rectors from the University’s history.

Follow us on @GUArchives and keep an eye out for #gurectors to read about the Rectors of the past!



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