Lord Grenville as Chancellor of the University of Oxford; painting by William Owen
Shield of the University of St Andrews
The Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Patten, in procession at Encaenia, 2009
College Hall, within the 16th-century St Mary's College building
William Smyth, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford; painting by Gilbert Jackson
St Salvator's Chapel
The Gateway building, built in 2000 as an International Golf Club and now used by the university's School of Management
Courtyard of the United College
Castle House, School of English
The Scores
View across St Salvator's Quad
The University of St Andrews Classics Building, Swallowgate
Observatory of the university
St Andrews University library building
King James Library
St Salvator's Chapel
The Wardlaw Wing of University Hall
St Salvator's Hall
The University shop and Rector's Cafe, part of the Union
Music Centre, Younger Hall
Quadrangle of St Mary's College
Madras RFC Playing Fields St Andrews
Entrance to St Mary's College
St Andrews students in undergraduate gowns
St Salvator's Quadrangle during the Raisin Weekend foam fight
St Andrews May Dip 2013
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge graduated together in 2005 with degrees in Geography and History of Art respectively.
Alex Salmond was the First Minister of Scotland and Leader of the SNP during the Scottish Independence Referendum in 2014.
View of St Andrews from the West Sands.
Thomas Chalmers
Edward Jenner
John Knox
John Napier
John Pringle
James Wilson
Madras College's former campus is the proposed location for New College

The position exists in common throughout the five ancient universities of Scotland with rectorships in existence at the universities of St Andrews, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee, which is also considered to have ancient status as a result of its early connections to the University of St Andrews.

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In 2009, Louise Richardson, an Irish-American political scientist specialising in the study of terrorism, was drawn from Harvard to serve as the first female Principal and Vice Chancellor of St Andrews.

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Lord Grenville as Chancellor of the University of Oxford; painting by William Owen

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Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Interior dome of the McEwan Hall after restoration in 2017
Robert Rollock, Regent (1583–1586) and first principal (1586–1599) of the University of Edinburgh
Main buildings of King James' College in 1647, lying in a double courtyard on the lower left
The east facade of Old College facing onto South Bridge, as built in 1827. A dome similar to Adam's original design was added in 1887 by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson.
Plaque commemorating the Edinburgh Seven at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Buildings of the old Medical School at Teviot Place, photographed in the late 19th century
Exterior of the McEwan Hall
Teviot Row House, drawn by architect Sydney Mitchell in 1888
Facade of New College facing onto The Mound in 1910
Plaque honouring the Polish School of Medicine at the old Medical School
Spiral staircase inside of the Informatics Forum
The Lady Lawson Street entrance of Edinburgh College of Art
Interior courtyard of Old College
The Main Library viewed from The Meadows
Pollock Halls of Residence seen from Arthur's Seat
The view of the Holyrood campus
Princess Anne, current chancellor of the University of Edinburgh
Hugh Blair, first Regius Professor of Rhetoric and Belles-Lettres appointed by King George III
Members of the medical faculty at Edinburgh in the first half of the 19th century
Old Surgical Hospital in Drummond Street, once part of the Royal Infirmary, today houses the university's Institute of Geography
Edinburgh graduation ceremony in the McEwan Hall
Playfair Library Hall in Old College
The former principal Sir Timothy O'Shea signed an agreement with Peking University in 2012
The Pleasance, one of EUSA's main buildings, is a theatre, bar, sports and recreation complex
Edinburgh University Music Society, performing Mahler in Greyfriars Kirk
The student-run Bedlam Theatre, home to the Edinburgh University Theatre Company
Peter Higgs, faculty at Edinburgh since 1960 and Emeritus Professor after retiring in 1996, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2013.
Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister and consecutive 10-year-long Chancellor of the Exchequer, is an alumnus (MA '72, PhD '82) and former rector of the university.
Appleton Tower
Business School
Centre for Regenerative Medicine
Erskine Williamson Building, King's Buildings
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Roslin Institute
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, School of Medicine
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Robert Adam, neoclassical architect
J. M. Barrie, novelist and playwright
James Barry, surgeon
Thomas Bayes, statistician
Joseph Black, physicist and chemist
Richard Bright, physician, father of nephrology
Robert Brown, botanist, discovered Brownian motion
Thomas Carlyle, historian and satirist
Thomas Chalmers, political economist
Charles Darwin, naturalist and biologist
Adam Ferguson, philosopher and historian
David Hume, philosopher
James Hutton, geologist, father of modern geology
James Clerk Maxwell, mathematician and physicist
Richard Owen, biologist, coined the term dinosaur
Macquorn Rankine, engineer, founding contributor to thermodynamics
Benjamin Rush, signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence
Walter Scott, novelist and poet
James Young Simpson, physician
Robert Louis Stevenson, novelist and poet
Dugald Stewart, philosopher and mathematician
James Wilson, Founding Father of the United States
John Witherspoon, Founding Father of the United States
Thomas Young, polymath
New College
Edinburgh University Mountaineering Club at the cairn on Ciste Dhubh, 1964
Max Born, Tait Professor of Natural Philosophy at Edinburgh from 1936 to 1953, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1954.
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Instruction began under the charge of a graduate from the University of St Andrews, theologian Robert Rollock, who first served as Regent, and from 1586 as principal of the college.

The office of chancellor serves as the titular head and highest office of the university.

Inauguration of Rector Lubomír Dvořák (Palacký University)

Rector (academia)

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Senior official in an educational institution, and can refer to an official in either a university or a secondary school.

Senior official in an educational institution, and can refer to an official in either a university or a secondary school.

Inauguration of Rector Lubomír Dvořák (Palacký University)
Then Rector of the Bologna University, Ivano Dionigi, with then Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi, in 2015.
Enrique Graue 34th Rector of the UNAM during his inaugural speech.
Colonnade at the reconstructed Yushima Seidō in Tokyo. The hereditary rectors of this Edo period institution were selected from the Hayashi clan.
Herminio Dagohoy, the 96th Rector Magnificus of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, Manila

Outside the English-speaking world the rector is often the most senior official in a university, whilst in the United States the most senior official is often referred to as president and in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth of Nations the most senior official is the chancellor, whose office is primarily ceremonial and titular.

In Scotland, the position of rector exists in the four ancient universities (St Andrews, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh) and at Dundee, which is considered to have "ancient" status as a result of its early connections to the University of St Andrews.

St Salvator's Chapel, St Andrews

Ancient universities of Scotland

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The ancient universities of Scotland (Oilthighean ann an Alba) are medieval and renaissance universities which continue to exist in the present day.

The ancient universities of Scotland (Oilthighean ann an Alba) are medieval and renaissance universities which continue to exist in the present day.

St Salvator's Chapel, St Andrews
The Main Building of the University of Glasgow, from Kelvingrove Park
King's College, Aberdeen
The University of Edinburgh's Robert Adam-designed Old College, home of its Law School
Marischal College, a former ancient university now part of the University of Aberdeen.

University of St Andrews – founded 1413

The Chancellor is a titular non-resident head to each university and is elected for life by the respective General Council, although in actuality a good number of Chancellors resign before the end of their "term of office".