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Actor Brian Cox chosen as Dundee University rector

Brian Cox
Brian Cox has been a long-term supporter of the university

Scottish actor Brian Cox has been elected as the new rector of Dundee University.

In a strong turnout, boosted by the introduction of online voting, received the backing of 1,034 students.

Green MSP Robin Harper received 315 votes while 273 students voted for Professor Nikolai Zhelev, head of the Bulgarian consulate in Dundee.

Mr Cox, 63, who began his acting career at Dundee Rep, will be installed as rector in a ceremony in the spring.

The rector is elected to serve students' interests, including at the University Court, the governing body of the institution.

Mr Cox has been a long-term supporter of the university, particularly into its diabetes research programmes.

He takes over the role from former diplomat Craig Murray.

Andrew Smith, president of Dundee University Students' Association, said the students and university would have a "fantastic representative" in Mr Cox, who would be able to "bring a lot of weight to the role" and provide valuable publicity, as well as taking an active part in university affairs.

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