Duchess of Cornwall becomes University of Aberdeen chancellor
The Duchess of Cornwall will be the next Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen.
Camilla, also known by her Scottish title of The Duchess of Rothesay, will succeed Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, who stepped down in December 2012 after 15 years in the role.
The Chancellor is elected by the University's graduate body, the General Council, and becomes its President. The chief aspects of the role - which may be held for life - are to be an ambassador for the University, and to undertake other ceremonial duties, including, on occasion, conferring degrees on graduands.
The Duchess was elected unopposed by General Council members. She has been a frequent visitor to the University of Aberdeen, most recently in spring 2012 when she visited the School of Education to meet teachers and students engaged in innovative learning programmes which have influenced teaching policy across Scotland. The Duchess also met music students and lecturers, including Professor Paul Mealor who composed the choral motet Ubi Caritas for the 2011 Royal Wedding.
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Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: "I am delighted that HRH the Duchess of Rothesay will be our new Chancellor. Lord Wilson was a wonderful champion for the University both here in the UK and abroad, and we know that the Duchess will be a brilliant ambassador for the international centre of excellence in learning that we are proud to be.
"We have very much enjoyed the Duchess's visits to our campuses, and the huge enthusiasm and interest she has shown in meeting our students and staff and hearing about their work and achievements. I look forward to formally welcoming Her Royal Highness to the University team."
University Rector, Dr Maitland Mackie, said: "I look forward to working with our new Chancellor, and with Professor Torrance, in representing the interests of the Aberdeen family of students, staff and alumni."