The election of a new University Rector is fast approaching. The nominations were re-opened this week after none were received during the initial nomination period.
Students now have until the 3rd of March to submit their nominations and the voting will take place electronically from 9.00 on Monday 20th March until 16.00 on Tuesday the 21st March.
The University of Glasgow is one of only five remaining Scottish universities whose students elect a Rector triennially to represent their interests. The position of Rector is a longstanding tradition at the University, with the first election taking place on 18th September 1452. Since then the University has had 193 different Rectors from David Cadzow to Edward Snowden – although it’s only since the Universities (Scotland) Act of 1858 that the Rector has been elected by the students for a period of three years. Now it’s over to the current students of the University to decide who the next Rector will be!
To celebrate this tradition, at Archives and Special Collections, we have been drawing together some of our favourite Rector related material from the University’s collections.
Follow us on @UofGlasgowASC where, over the next few weeks, we will be sharing some of this material and remembering some of the Rectors from the University’s history.
You can also check out the Level 2 foyer Gallery in the Library where we will be displaying a selection of material from our collections, with a focus on Jimmy Reid‘s campaign, election, and installation as we celebrate all things Rector-related in the run up to the election announcement.