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Dalyell wins university election
Tam Dalyell
Tam Dalyell won the students' vote
The veteran Labour MP Tam Dalyell has been voted the new rector of Edinburgh University.

The Linlithgow MP succeeds the Green MSP Robin Harper who has held the post for the last three years.

Although turnout for the vote was low, at just 4.27%, Mr Dalyell won comfortably.

The Father of The House of Commons beat off competition from the authors Jenny Colgan and David Floyd, and Gavin Easton and Kenneth Glover who work in the business world.

Higher education issues

The rector's main role is to chair meetings of the court, which is the governing body of the university.

It is an unpaid post but many rectors also take part in other aspects of university life during their three year stint.

The university principal Professor Timothy O'Shea said he was looking forward to working with Mr Dalyell.

He said: "Tam is a distinguished parliamentarian with great intellectual accomplishments and he has a good understanding of the university and higher education issues."

The university's Student Association said it was glad a person of such high regard was taking over the role.

Vice president Rachael Hunter said: "The importance behind the position of rector is that the person is elected by the student body and the university staff.

"The student body clearly believed in Tam's principles and we are glad a person of such high regard will be taking on the role."

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