Jim Spence installed as new Dundee University rector

Sports writer and broadcaster Jim Spence, who attended Dundee University as a mature student, has been installed as the new rector of Dundee University.

At a welcome ceremony in Caird Hall yesterday, Jim described Dundee as a ‘terrific place, crackling with innovation and invention.’

Mr Spence was elected unopposed and succeeded round-the-world cyclist and adventurer Mark Beaumont, who served one term as rector. Mr Spence, said:

I went to this university over 30 years ago as a mature student and it changed the course of my life and so I would love to change the course of students’ lives. I think students will come here, enjoy the university and enjoy the city as well and I think it will transform them as individuals educationally and hopefully, as people as well.

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Claire Merten