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March 28, 2022

University of Aberdeen has a new Rector

University of AberdeenThe University of Aberdeen has installed a new Rector in a ceremony at King’s College Chapel.

Martina Chukwuma-Ezike was officially installed as Rector in a ceremony at King’s College Chapel on Friday 25th March. Following the ceremony, she was carried by students along the High Street atop Angus the Bull, the students’ mascot.

Martina is a University of Aberdeen graduate and the Chief Executive of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation. She was voted in by students following an election in November 2021, and she began her three-year tenure as Rector on 1st January 2022.

Speaking of her new role, Martina says, “As a graduate of the University it is an honour to represent its students, and I look forward to working with AUSA [Aberdeen University Students’ Association] and the student community to deliver on all the key issues raised in my manifesto, including mental health support, student safety and welfare, and employability skills.”

She continues, “I’d like to thank all those who worked alongside me and who voted for me in the Rector elections, as well as everyone who has worked tirelessly in making today’s ceremony a memorable experience for our students, staff, guests, myself and my family.”

Professor George Boyne, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University, comments, “As a graduate, Martina has a long association with the University and with our students, many of whom have benefited from mentoring, volunteering and work placement opportunities through her leadership of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation. I am delighted that she has returned to the University as Rector, and on behalf of the academic community I am pleased to welcome her to this important role.”

Alisa Koester, AUSA Student President, adds, “We are thrilled to finally have a Rector in place to support and represent our students. Electing Martina shows us that students need a Rector that actively engages with the life, issues and concerns on campus and beyond. We are looking forward to working with Martina on improving student wellbeing and mental health.”

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Content added on 28th March 2022. 

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