Rector Elections

The Rector of the University of Glasgow is elected by the registered students of the University and the main role of the Rector is to represent the University’s students.

Glasgow is lucky to be one of only five universities to have a Rector. The Rector has a number of key duties representing students. He/She is expected to attend meetings of Court, the governing body of the University, to work closely with the SRC, and to bring student concerns to the attention of the University’s managers.

Frequently Asked Questions

The SRC Executive have prepared a Rector Elections 2017 FAQ which clarifies a few common questions about the 2017 Rectorial Elections, our role, the University’s values and the importance of using your vote.


All manifestos received from candidates are available on our Rector Manifestos 2017 page.


Sign up now on Eventbrite to attend the 2017 Rectorial Hustings

Thursday March 16, 2017, 5:30 PM, Bute Hall.

To book your free place please register via the Eventbrite Link. Tickets are only available to current University of Glasgow students, and entry will only be issued upon Student ID cards being shown as proof. Please note that spaces are limited and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

You will further only be able to sign up for one ticket and we would like to advise you that the tickets are non-transferable should you not be able to attend.

Nominated Candidates

The University of Glasgow has received the following nominations for the next election of the Rector.

  • Aamer Anwar
  • Brace Belden
  • Sir Vince Cable
  • Lady Cosgrove
  • Thomas Hind
  • John Lindberg
  • Duncan Logie
  • Professor Jordan Peterson
  • Jonathan Tease
  • Milo Yiannopolous

All nominees have personally agreed to take part in the election which will be conducted electronically and under the single-transferable-vote system from 9am on 20 March until 4pm on 21 March 2017.

Key Dates

The schedule for the election is as follows:

  • 5pm 3rd March 2017 – Nominations Close: Nominations for Rector must be submitted to the University Senate Office the 3rd March 2017. Details of the nomination procedure can be found here: Rectorial Election 2017 Nominations.
  • 5:30 pm 16th March 2017, Bute Hall.  – Rectorial Hustings: Come down to see the candidates or their representative tell you why they want your vote in the Rectorial Election. They’ll be taking questions from the floor, so put your thinking caps on and get ready to quiz them.
  • 20th & 21st March 2017 – Voting Open: Between 9am on Monday 20th – 4pm Tuesday the 21st March, voting in the election for rector will be open. Voting takes place online. You simply need your University login details and an internet connection. The link for voting will be widely advertised as soon as polls open.
  • 21st March 2017 – Election Results Announced: The result of the election will be announced 5/5:30pm in Lecture Theatre 1, in the Boyd Orr Building.

More information can be found on the UofG Rector Election pages.