Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin

Sandra White MSP congratulates Aamer Anwar on election as Glasgow Uni Rector

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Sandra White MSP has congratulated the University of Glasgow’s new Rector Aaemer Anwar on his recent election to represent students as Convener of the University’s governing body.

Anwar, a respected human rights lawyer in Glasgow and has played a prominent role in Scottish political and legal affairs, was elected with over 4,000 votes and will take office on the 31st of March 2017.

Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin said:

“I am absolutely delighted that Aamer Anwar has overwhelmingly been elected to serve as the University of Glasgow‘s Rector from 2017 to 2020. I’m proud of all those students who voted for Aamer, a man of integrity and substance, rather than one of division and hate. Aamer will be a fine successor to departing Rector, Edward Snowdon.”

“I was pleased to recognise this success in a motion to the Scottish Parliament today, I look forward to working with Aamer and all at the University in his term ahead, and wish him a successful tenure as Rector.”

Rector Board at the University of Glasgow – Photo courtesy of Kirsteen Fraser

Lodging a congratulatory motion to the Scottish Parliament as Aamer prepares to begin his term as Rector, Sandra noted:

Motion Number: S5M-04996
Lodged By: Sandra White
Date Lodged: 30/03/2017

Title: Congratulations to Aamer Anwar on Election as Rector of University of Glasgow

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the election of the respected Glasgow human rights lawyer, Aamer Anwar, as Rector of the University of Glasgow; notes 8,210 students took part in the vote with Anwar winning 4,458 votes; understand that he will represent over 24,000 students in his role as Convener of the governing body of the institution; notes that the new Rector was elected with plans to maintain a working presence in the institution, improve mental health provision, widen support for EU students following the UK’s plans to leave the EU and to improve accommodation costs with rent controls in Glasgow’s West End; commends the efforts of candidates opposing racism, sexism and hate speech; congratulates Aamer Anwar on his election as Rector, and wishes him success in his term ahead.


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