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Edward Snowden is Glasgow University's new Rector

The Ecologist

19th February 2014

Students have elected Edward Snowden to serve as Rector of the University of Glasgow for the next three years.

We are proving to the world that we are not apathetic to important issues such as democratic rights.

The result of the online election was announced to candidates and their supporters in the Bute Hall shortly after polls closed at 5pm yesterday

Chris Cassells, Mr Snowden's spokesman for the Rectorial election campaign, said: "We are delighted to see Edward Snowden elected as the new Rector of the University of Glasgow.

"We have a proud and virtuous tradition of making significant statements through our Rectors and today we have once more championed this idea by proving to the world that we are not apathetic to important issues such as democratic rights.

"We would like to thank all other candidates as well as the students who nominated them for promoting an exciting and relevant debating atmosphere over the last few weeks."

Snowden is also Chairman of the University Court

The Rector is elected by the students of the University and not only represents the students but is also, ex-officio, the Chairman of the University Court, the body which administers the resources of the University.

David Newall, Secretary of Court at the University of Glasgow, said: "This has been a record turnout for a Rectorial Election and I warmly congratulate Edward Snowden on his success.

I would also like to thank Charles Kennedy for the contribution he has made to the University over the last six years."

But will he be able to attend?

As part of his new role, Snowden is expected to attend the following dignified occasions:

  • Commemoration Day in June
  • Open Day in September
  • Freshers' Address in September
  • The Chancellor's Dinner in October/November
  • The Court Dinner in December.

Whether he will be able to do so remains to be seen, despite the good wishes of outgoing Rector Charles Kennedy, the former Liberal Democrat leader:

"It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve the students of the University of Glasgow for the past six years. The post of Rector is an important one, and I would like to wish my successor all the very best for his term of office."



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