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Who will win the battle for Rectorship?

A politician, a round the world yachtsman and the man responsible for enforcing Scotland’s freedom of information laws are in the running to be the next Rector of the University of St Andrews.

The three Scots – Colin Fox, Sir Chay Blyth and Kevin Dunion – will compete to succeed current Rector Simon Pepper, on completion of his three year term.

Motherwell-born Fox is National Spokesman for the Scottish Socialist Party.  Sir Charles (known as Chay) Blyth, born in Hawick, was the first person to sail non-stop westwards around the world in 1971.  Kevin Dunion, from Bridge of Allan, is the first and current Scottish Information Commissioner and is based in St Andrews.

Elections for the new Rector will take place by single transferable vote on Friday 31 October, with the winning candidate being announced at 8pm the same night.

Former Rectors of St Andrews include Frank Muir, John Cleese, Sir Clement Freud and Rudyard Kipling.  The Rector is elected by the matriculated students of the University, holds office for three years, and presides over the University Court.

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For further information on the role of the Rector visit:
http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/about/UniversityGovernmentandOrganisation/TheRector/

For further information on the candidates please contact the following student proposers:

For Colin Fox – Martin Schmierer, 07765 376 730

For Chay Blyth – Will Elsby

For Kevin Dunion – Georgina Rannard, 07792 388 328

Issued by the Press Office, University of St Andrews
Contact Gayle Cook on 01334 467227 / 07900 050 103, email gec3@st-andrews.ac.uk
Ref:  Rector 241008
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