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Debora Kayembe has been elected unopposed as the University’s 54th Rector.

She replaces Ann Henderson after three years in the post.

The Rector is a key member of the University Court, the governing body of the University and acts as a representative and voice for the University community. The position of Rector has a long and prestigious lineage and was originally created in the 19th century by the Universities Scotland Act 1858.

Ms Kayembe is a prominent human rights lawyer and has lived in Scotland since 2011 when she came to the UK as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She will assume the role on 1 March 2021.