Iain Macwhirter is the political commentator of the The Herald and the Sunday Herald, an author and documentary film and radio presenter and a former Rector of Edinburgh University. He has worked at both the UK Parliament and Scottish Parliament, presenting the BBC2 programmes Westminster Live, Scrutiny and, from 1999, the BBC TV Holyrood Live programme from the Scottish Parliament.
In 2013, he published Road to Referendum which accompanied a major new three-part television series of the same name on STV and ITV. Following the Scottish independence referendum, he published Disunited Kingsom: How Westminster Won A Referendum But Lost Scotland, a retrospective on his experiences as a journalist documenting the campaign.
Life and career
Macwhirter worked for the BBC for almost 20 years, becoming Scottish political correspondent in 1987, then from 1989 as a member of the Westminster press contingent, as part of Westminster Live. In 1999, he presented Politics Scotland and Holyrood Live until both were axed in 2007
Macwhirter writes weekly columns for The Herald and Sunday Herald, which are, along with The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, the leading Scottish morning papers. He returned to Scotland to help launch the Sunday Herald in 1999, and has presented the Scottish Parliament magazine programme Holyrood Live. He also writes for Public Finance and other publications.
Rector of The University of Edinburgh
Macwhirter announced that he was running for Rector of the University of Edinburgh on 12 January 2009. He was backed by George Galloway following the latter's withdrawal from the Rectorial race. He was elected Rector on 13 February 2009, winning by 4,822 votes to 2,182 (69% to 31%),. succeeding the former Green MSP Mark Ballard.
- "Road to Referendum", Cargo Publishing
- "Disunited Kingdom: How Westminster Won A Referendum But Lost Scotland", Cargo Publishing
- "Pity the students of Generation Crunch", The Herald Scotland
- "Galloway backs Macwhirter in rector race", The Scotsman
- Edinburgh University, "Iain Macwhirter chosen as Edinburgh’s 50th Rector"
|Rector of the University of Edinburgh
2009 – 2012