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18 January 2013

Brian Cox re-elected as Rector

Hollywood star Brian Cox has been re-elected as Rector of the University of Dundee for a second term of three years to February 2016.

Such was his popularity amongst students that Mr Cox, who is also an honorary graduate of the University, was the only nomination for the post and has therefore been re-elected unopposed.

Mr Cox will be formally re-installed as Rector in a ceremony later this year. The Rector is elected to serve the students' interests, including at the University Court, the governing body of the institution.

Mr Cox said, "I cannot express how much I am touched and moved by the incredible support from the student body of Dundee University. It is such a privilege and honour to be allowed to serve the students of Dundee for another three years.

"It is a tremendous opportunity to be allowed to continue the extremely fruitful and satisfying work of the last three years. I hope to reciprocate in my heart the tremendous trust you have given me."

Born in the city, Mr Cox started his acting career at Dundee Rep and has gone on to become a Hollywood star, including being the first person to portray Hannibal Lecter on screen, in the film Manhunter. He also stars in the upcoming BBC comedy series, 'Bob Servant Independent', which is set in the Dundee suburb of Broughty Ferry.

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

Iain Kennedy, president of Dundee University Students Union (DUSA), said, "On behalf of DUSA, I would like to offer my congratulations to Brian on securing another term as Rector.

"Having worked with Brian since he took on the role in 2010, I have witnessed his dedication to the students of Dundee University and I know that Brian will use his second term to continue listening and campaigning for them throughout the country. He has been a fantastic ambassador for the University and the city and his re-election is well deserved. "


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