Nominations for the next rector of the University of St Andrews opened this morning at 9am.

Any student of the University may nominate a candidate for the role of Rector.

The Rector acts as the President of the University Court – the chief governing body of the institution. The Rector also plays an informal, pastoral role for students.

To nominate a candidate involves submitting a 250 word statement written by them, a photo, and nomination form with 20 student signatures.

Since 1858, the Rector has been elected by students of the University.

Recent public figures to be elected to the position of Rector include comedian John Cleese, journalist Andrew Neil, and the whistleblower Stanley Adams.

The Rector is elected by students every three years, however it has been six since St Andrews students voted as none challenged the current Rector, Catherine Stihler in 2014.

In the upcoming elections, a RON or re-open nominations options will be available to voters.

Nominations will close on Wednesday 4 October at 5pm.


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