Cox chosen as university rector
Published 14/02/2010 | 12:34
Actor Brian Cox has been chosen as the next rector of the University of Dundee, it has been announced.
The Emmy Award-winning actor was given overwhelming backing by the students in his home city, netting almost twice as many votes as the other candidates combined.
According to the university, the strong turnout was boosted by the introduction of online voting.
The 63-year-old star will be formally installed as rector in a Spring ceremony.
He takes over the role from former diplomat Craig Murray.
The rector is elected to represent the students' interests, including at the institution's governing body, the university court.
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 is described as a long-term supporter of the university, and its diabetes research programmes in particular.
Andrew Smith, president of the university's students' association, said the students and university would have a "fantastic representative" in Mr Cox.