Iain Macwhirter is the political commentator for the Herald and the Sunday Herald, an author and documentary film and radio presenter and 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 - Road to Referendum - on STV and ITV.
Following study at the University of Edinburgh, he 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
He 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
He announced 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 4822 votes to 2182 (69% to 31%). He succeeded former Green MSP Mark Ballard.
|Rector of the University of Edinburgh
2009 – 2012