Rector of the University of St Andrews

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John Cleese as Rector of the University in 1970

The Lord Rector of the University of St Andrews is a university official chosen every three years by the students of the University of St Andrews. Seldom referred to as Lord Rector, he or she is more commonly known simply as the Rector, the office having been created by the Parliament of the United Kingdom when it passed the Universities (Scotland) Act 1858, which regulated academic governance and provided for the election of a Rector at all of the universities in existence at the time in Scotland. To this day it is only the four ancient universities of Scotland: University of St Andrews, University of Glasgow, University of Aberdeen, and University of Edinburgh, as well as the University of Dundee, that elect a rector, whereas modern universities do not.

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