Uni rec­tor not seek­ing re-elec­tion in 2020

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GLAS­GOW Univer­sity’s rec­tor will not be re-stand­ing for the po­si­tion this year, and said that “one woman in 569 years is sim­ply not good enough”.

Hu­man rights lawyer Aamer An­war is due to fin­ish his three-year stint in the com­ing months, with nom­i­na­tions open for his suc­ces­sor.

Hav­ing taken up the post in 2017, Mr An­war said a num­ber of high­pro­file le­gal is­sues and spend­ing time with his three chil­dren would make it im­pos­si­ble to “do the post jus­tice”.

The an­nounce­ment comes af­ter stu­dents at the univer­sity an­nounced their de­sire for cam­paigner Greta Thun­berg to take up the role.

Speak­ing to the Glas­gow Times, Mr An­war said: “Hav­ing an op­por­tu­nity to speak to thou­sands of stu­dents over the three years with a hope of in­spir­ing has been a tremen­dous hon­our.

“For the next rec­tor I would hope it is an ac­tive one who can be on cam­pus, the univer­sity is a pow­er­ful in­sti­tu­tion that at times needs a pow­er­ful voice will­ing to stand up to it.

“But I also be­lieve that one woman in 569 years is sim­ply not good enough, there are many fe­males in Scot­land from all walks of life who would be tremen­dous ad­vo­cates for our stu­dents.”

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