Aamer Anwar installed as Glasgow University rector
Human rights lawyer takes over from from US whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar has been installed as rector of the University of Glasgow.
The prominent solicitor will hold the post for three years, taking over from US whistleblower Edward Snowden, who has come to the end of his symbolic tenure.
Mr Anwar was elected following a landslide student vote in his favour.
The nine other hopefuls included Former Liberal Democrat business secretary Sir Vince Cable, Lady Hazel Cosgrove, the first woman to be appointed a judge of the Court of Session in Scotland, and alt-right personality Milo Yiannopoulos.
Mr Anwar was installed as rector in a ceremony at the university's Bute Hall on Wednesday evening.
Ameer Ibrahim, president of Glasgow University Students' Representative Council, said: "We feel very confident that we've elected a rector who will reflect our best interests in these times when there is limited funding for the student body and we feel he will be a strong voice in the institution's governing body."
Speaking after he was elected Mr Anwar, a Glasgow graduate, said the students had chosen an "active, working" representative.
Following the announcement, he said: "It is truly humbling that the students of Glasgow University have entrusted me as their next rector.
"It is a great honour to walk in the footsteps of the late Jimmy Reid, Edward Snowden, Mordechai Vanunu.
"You can spend all the millions you want on bricks and mortar, but it is our students and staff who make Glasgow University the world class institution it is."
Other previous rectors include former Liberal Democrat leader the late Charles Kennedy, actor Richard Wilson and Winnie Mandela.
The post of rector involves a number of key duties to represent students.
They include attending meetings of court - the governing body of the university - and bringing student concerns to the attention of university bosses.