Current Rectors

Stephen Robertson MBE

Stephen Robertson is well known across Scotland and beyond as a member of the Scotland the What? trio who met as students at the University of Aberdeen.

During his time at the university, Stephen was an active member of the student body, performing in the Student Show for five years and representing the University at squash. His dedication to student union activities culminated in his election as President of the Union Management Committee 1956/57.

Stephen's installation address can be found here.

Craig Murray

Craig Murray is a political activist, and was the United Kingdom's Ambassador to Uzbekistan until he was removed from his post in October 2004 after exposing human rights abuses - a step which, he argued, was against the wishes of the British government and the reason for his removal.

Craig graduated from the University of Dundee in 1982 with an MA (Hons) 1st Class in Modern History, and was President of Dundee University Students' Association from 1982-1984.

Craig's installation address can be found here.

Iain Macwhirter

Iain Macwhirter is a notable Scottish political commentator, who has worked at both the UK Parliament and Scottish Parliament, presenting the BBC Two programmes Westminster Live and Scrutiny.

Following study at the University of Edinburgh, he worked for the BBC for almost 20 years. He writes weekly columns for the Herald and Sunday Herald, and also writes for the Guardian Unlimited website and the New Statesman.

Iain was elected Rector of Edinburgh on 12th February 2009.

Charles Kennedy MP

The Right Honourable Charles Kennedy MP is the Member of Parliament for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, having first been elected to the House of Commons at the age of 23. From 1999 to 2006, he was leader of the Liberal Democrat Party.

Charles graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1982 with an MA (Hons) in Politics & Philosophy. Whilst at university, he joined the Dialectic Society (a debating club), won the British Observer Mace university debating award, and was elected President of Glasgow University Union (GUU).

Charles's installation address can be found here.

St Andrews
Kevin Dunion OBE

Kevin Dunion is the first and current Scottish Information Commissioner. Following spells in the civil service and university administration, he joined Oxfam as Campaigns Manager and then took up the post of Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth Scotland. He was awarded an OBE in 2000 for his work as Chairman of Friends of the Earth International.

Kevin graduated from the University of St Andrews in 1978 with an MA (Hons) in Modern History, and from the University of Edinburgh in 1991 with an MSc (Dist) in African Studies.

More information about Kevin can be found here.