Rector of University of St Andrews
Incumbent
Leyla Hussein

since 2020
Member ofUniversity Court
AppointerElected by all the matriculated students of the University
Term length3 years
Constituting instrumentUniversities (Scotland) Act 1858
Formation1858 (in modern form)
First holderSir Ralph Anstruther, 4th Bt.
Websitest-andrews.ac.uk/about/governance/key-officials/rector/

The Lord Rector of the University of St Andrews is the president of the University Court of the University of St Andrews; the University Court is the supreme governing body of the University.

Overview

The Rector is elected every three years by the matriculated students of the University.[1][2] The current office of Rector, sometimes termed Lord Rector, was instituted by the Universities (Scotland) Act 1858, passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The Universities (Scotland) Acts regulate the governance of the ancient universities of Scotland, and require the election of a Rector for the universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St Andrews.[3]

Since 1970 the Rector has appointed a student as Rector's Assessor, who is a full voting member of the University Court, and also serves as a member of the Students' Representative Council. As of April 2017 the Rector's Assessor was Dylan Bruce.[4][5]

To this day it is only the four ancient universities of Scotland: University of St Andrews, University of Glasgow, University of Aberdeen, and University of Edinburgh, as well as the University of Dundee, that elect a rector, whereas modern universities do not.[2]

List of Rectors

Rectors of the University of St Andrews[6]
Name Years Served
1 Sir Ralph Anstruther, 4th Bt. 1859 - 1862
2 William Stirling-Maxwell, MP 1862 - 1865
3 John Stuart Mill 1865 - 1868
4 J.A. Froude 1868 - 1871
5 Lord Neaves 1872 - 1874
6 The Very Rev. Dr. Arthur Penrhyn Stanley 1874 - 1877
7 The 1st Baron Selborne 1877 - 1880
8 Sir Theodore Martin 1880 - 1883
9 The 11th Lord Reay 1884 - 1886
10 A.J. Balfour 1886 - 1889
11 The 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava 1889 - 1892
12 The 3rd Marquess of Bute 1892 - 1898
13 James Stuart, MP 1898 - 1901
14 Andrew Carnegie 1901 - 1907
15 The 1st Baron Avebury 1907 - 1910
16 The 5th Earl of Rosebery 1910 - 1913
17 The 5th Earl of Rosebery 1913 - 1916
18 Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig 1916 - 1919
19 Sir James M. Barrie 1919 - 1922
20 Rudyard Kipling 1922 - 1925
21 Fridtjof Nansen 1925 - 1928
22 Sir Wilfred Grenfell 1928 - 1931
23 Field Marshal Jan Smuts 1931 - 1934
24 The Marchese Marconi 1934 - 1937
25 Lord MacGregor Mitchell 1937 - 1938
26 Sir David Munro[7] 1938 - 1946
27 Sir George Cunningham 1946 - 1949
28 Lord Burghley 1949 - 1952
29 The 28th Earl of Crawford 1952 - 1955
30 The 1st Viscount Kilmuir 1955 - 1958
31 The Baron Boothby 1958 - 1961
32 C. P. Snow 1961 - 1964
33 Sir John Rothenstein 1964 - 1967
34 Sir Learie Nicholas Constantine (The Baron Constantine from 1969) 1967 - 1970
35 John Cleese 1970 - 1973
36 Alan Coren 1973 - 1976
37 Frank Muir 1976 - 1979
38 Tim Brooke-Taylor 1979 - 1982
39 Katharine Whitehorn 1982 - 1985
40 Stanley Adams 1985 - 1988
41 Nicholas Parsons 1988 - 1991
42 Nicky Campbell 1991 - 1993
43 Donald Findlay 1993 - 1999
44 Andrew Neil 1999 - 2002
45 Sir Clement Freud 2002 - 2005
46 Simon Pepper 2005 - 2008
47 Kevin Dunion 2008 - 2011
48 Alistair Moffat 2011 - 2014
49 Catherine Stihler 2014 - 2017
50 Srđa Popović 2017 - 2020
51 Leyla Hussein 2020 - present

See also

References

  1. ^ "Rector | University of St Andrews". www.st-andrews.ac.uk. University of St Andrews. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b "The Scottish University Rector – Introduction to the role of University Rector in Scotland" (PDF). abdn.ac.uk. Scottish Rectors' Group. 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Universities (Scotland) Act 1858", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, 1858 c. 83
  4. ^ "Rector's Assessor". yourunion.net. University of St Andrews Students' Association. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  5. ^ "The Acts, Ordinances and Resolutions Affecting the University of St Andrews" (PDF). st-andrews.ac.uk. University of St Andrews. February 2017. p. 83. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 April 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Previous rectors". yourunion.net. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Rectorial Installation at St Andrews". The Glasgow Herald. 1 April 1939. p. 15. Retrieved 6 September 2017.