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The Lord Rector of the University of Edinburgh is elected every three years by the students and staff at the University of Edinburgh. Seldom referred to as Lord Rector, the incumbent is more commonly known just as the Rector.

The position of Rector, along with the positions of Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor, was only created in 1858. Prior to this, the University was governed by the Lord Provost, Magistrates, and town council of Edinburgh. The rector's place in the university was codified by statute of the Westminster Parliament, the Universities (Scotland) Act 1889, which provided for the election of a Rector at all universities then in existence in Scotland. To this day only the ancient universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and St Andrews plus the newer Dundee, elect a Rector; the 20th century universities do not.

Gordon Brown was a student at the time of his election, and was the student movement's candidate; he was not elected due to his political importance as he had not at that time been elected an MP.

The 2009 election was won by political journalist Iain Macwhirter. Macwhirter defeated Labour peer and MSP George Foulkes to become the University's 50th Rector, earning 4822 votes, or 69% of the total vote[1]. Respect MP George Galloway withdrew his candidacy on the 6th February 2009.[2][3]

List of Rectors[4]

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