Edward Snowden elected rector of Glasgow University
Tuesday 18 February 2014
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will take up a senior post at one of Scotland's oldest universities after winning a student vote.
He will succeed former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy as the lord rector of the University of Glasgow, responsible for representing the interests of students to the University management.
Snowden, who is currently residing in Russia after seeking temporary asylum there, agreed to take part in the contest after a group of students contacted his lawyers. The Edward Snowden for Rector campaign called his candidacy "a unique opportunity to show our gratitude to a brave whistleblower".
His nomination attracted criticism from some student groups, however, because he will not be able to properly fulfil the role. Rectors are normally expected to be active and regularly visit the university to meet with students and staff.
Glasgow students have a history of electing rectors as political statements. Winne Mandela was given the role in 1987, and Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli whisteblower, won the vote in 2005. Neither was ever expected to carry out their responsibilities.
Snowden won the two-round ballot with 3,347 votes by the end, 51 per cent of the total. He defeated Graeme Obree, the champion cyclist, Alan Bissett, an author and playwright, and Kelvin Holdsworth, a clergyman of the Scottish Episcopal Church.
Rectors are elected at each of the four ancient Scottish universities (Glasgow, St Andrews, Edinburgh and Aberdeen) as well as Dundee, and serve a term of three years. They represent students on the University Court, the institution's senior governing body, and work with the students' representative council.
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn says 'we can learn a great deal from Karl Marx'
I am the Jeremy Corbyn supporter that many will tell you doesn't exist
Public anger after French sunbather beaten up by gang for wearing a bikini in Reims park
Labour leadership: New poll shows party is now even 'less electable' than under Ed Miliband
Calais crisis: For desperate migrants it is 'England or death' as they brave dogs, riot police and speeding trains
- 1 Australia to impose 24-hour curfew on all cats to protect endangered species
- 2 The difference between a psychopath and a sociopath
- 3 Black and ethnic minority people twice as likely to be hit by Tory cuts than white people, report finds
- 4 Walter Palmer: Cecil the lion killer revealed to be American dentist
- 5 What TripAdvisor users think of 16 of the world's most popular landmarks
£18 - 25k + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Graduate Print Producer / Account Execut...
£18000 - £19000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Graduate Digital Marketin...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + OTE £35K: SThree: At SThree, we like to be differe...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £45K: SThree: At SThree, we like to be differe...