Rectorial Elections 2014
Welcome to The Saint's Rectorial Elections 2014 live blog. Nominations have now closed, and the new Rector has been announced - but we will continue to bring you updates on the fall out between the student body and the University over the perceived lack of democratic process.
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Got some information on a potential candidate? Or maybe you're part of a campaign team and want to get in touch? Tweet us at @thesaintonline using the hashtag #Rector2014, or email Chris at [email protected]
Nominations are now officially open! To be nominated, a candidate must gather the signatures of 20 matriculated students - so who will be the first to announce?
With actual candidates a bit thin on the ground, we thought we'd bring you some of the rumours and gossip from around campus about potential nominees...
Rumours have also been floating around of a certain J.K. Rowling eyeing up the job. It makes sense - St Andrews is basically Hogsmeade after all. Maybe the Harry Potter author thinks it's the closest she'll get to living out her literary creation in real life?
St Andrews castle or Hogwarts? #WhoKnows #RectorJK
Former Association President, Chloe Hill, has also been suggested as a potential candidate. Having only left the Sabbatical team last year, she would be well placed to make the argument she knows what students want - but could she compete against more high-profle figures?
A more probable (if less exciting, depending on your point of view) candidate is Labour MEP for Scotland, Catherine Stihler. Having attended the university in the 1990s and spent time as Association President from 1994-95, she definitely knows her way around the place, and would be in good stead to make the case for knowing St Andrews students better than most. Whether or not her party-political affiliation could affect any potential campaign remains to be seen...
Last, but by no means least, is television historian Dan Snow. Although these rumours have only come about in the last few days, they do seem to have good grounding, and it would certainly make it an interesting race to have a well-known academic making a bid.
Got an idea of who might be the first candidate to announce? Drop us a Tweet at @thesaintonline, or email Chris at [email protected]
Well it's nearly the end of Day One and so far, nobody's made a move... Maybe Tuesday will bare better news. Or at least more rumours.
Well well well, it's Day Two of nominations and still no sign of a candidate... What's everyone so afraid of?
SPECULATION UPDATE: It turns out Dan Snow (TV historian) was considering running for Rector. However, our source claims he has decided against it as he is "too busy with his current schedule and young family". So, strike him off your lists and retract your bets...
Another day, another lack of candidates... Nominations close at 5pm tomorrow, so we should hopefully know a full run down by tomorrow evening according to Union sources.
In the meantime, why not have a look at our rundown of potential candidates you haven't even thought of: http://www.thesaint-online.com/2014/10/potential-rectorial-candidates-sort-of/
Apparently the full list of candidates will not be released until after nominations close at 5pm this evening. In response to a Tweet sent out earlier questioning why nominees were not being announced as they put their application forward, Ondrej Hajda (Director of Representation) replied:
This option has been considered but we wanted to make sure that all announced #Rector2014 nominations are valid.
This cannot be done until the end of nominations (e.g. the Court Office needs to compare duplicate signatures)"
So it looks like we'll be waiting a few hours yet before we know anything - make sure to check back here after 5pm for the latest updates.
That's it! Nominations are closed. Now, we wait for the announcement...
Sources claiming that there are only two candidates - one of whom is believed to be Labour MEP Catherine Stihler.
UPDATE: Candidates will not be announced now until tomorrow morning, Union sources confirm. #Rector2014
So, only one candidate means no election and Labour MEP Catherine Stihler is automatically made Rector.
Catherine Stihler, Labour MEP for Scotland, has been announced as the new Rector. There were no other candidates. Uh oh. http://www.thesaint-online.com/2014/10/catherine-stihler-announced-as-new-rector-without-election/ #Rector2014
Should Catherine Stihler have had to run against RON? Tweet us your thoughts using the hashtag #Rector2014
People seem very confused that 20 signatories have effectively appointed the new Rector rather than the votes of 8,000 students... #Rector2014
A video interview with the new Rector of St Andrews, Catherine Stihler:
Things really are kicking off on social media now over this. Facebook is ablaze with concerned, and angry, students. #Rector2014
Two students have already announced that they will petition the SRC to lobby the university on the matter. #Rector2014
We would like to make it clear that we are not against Catherine Stihler becoming Rector - we are against the undemocratic process surrounding it.
History President, Jack Carr, is currently gathering signatures in the library to petition the SRC to oppose Section 19 of the Constitution.
Clause 19 stipulates that, in the event of only one candidate being nominated for the position of Rector, there will be no election and that person will take the position by default.
Mr Carr Tweeted:
"Gathering signatures in library to give the Association a mandate to lobby against clause 19 being in future election campaigns. #Rector2014"
Mr Carr's petition signing has now moved to the Library Café.
UPDATE.It turns out that, according to minutes of a Students Representative Council (SRC), of their meeting on 15th September, 2014 that the attending members gave their consent to the use of Clause 19 in this year's Rectorial Election.
Copies of the minutes can be found here: PDF
Ali West is now in Rector's Café (oh the irony) with the petition set up by Jack Carr. #Rector2014
Stand by for a joint statement regarding #Rector2014 from The Saint and The Sinner, being published shortly .
You can still sign the petition calling for the retraction of Clause 19 - head to Rector's Café by 6pm. #Rector2014
A joint statement from The Saint and The Sinner regarding today's developments in the Rectorial Elections: the-rectorial-elections-a-joint-statement-by-the-saint-the-sinner
Editor of The Saint, Jonathan Bucks, will be on STAR at 6.15pm talking about #Rector2014
Also contributing will be Ondrej Hajda (DoREP), Annie Newman, and History President Jack Carr #Rector2014