Peter McColl was installed as Rector of the University of Edinbrugh on 3rd April 2012.
Peter McColl is a community activist, living in Portobello. Originally from Belfast, he has lived in Edinburgh for 13 years and has worked in student politics, public affairs and the voluntary sector. He has been active in the
PEDAL -> Portobello Transition Town since its creation, and has a particular interest in community ownership and land reform.
Peter studied Cultural Geography at the University of Edinburgh , with a focus on critical theory, identity and public policy. His Masters dealt with Land Reform in the Scottish Highlands, following the 2003 Land Reform Act. While at University, Peter was President of the People and Planet Society and was elected to take a year out of his degree to act as Vice President of the Students' Association (EUSA). He had previously been Community and Environmental Affairs Convener and Welfare Convener of EUSA. In these roles he was instrumental in the introduction of measures promoting Fair Trade that increased UK Fair Trade coffee consumption by 2% and to promote ethical investment of Edinburgh University's resources.
Peter lives in Portobello with his partner, Maggie, and is currently Convener of the Edinburgh Green Party. He worked in policy, campaigns and communications for four years with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. He previously worked for Mark Ballard MSP from 2003-07. Peter was Chair of Transition Scotland Support, an organisation devoted to supporting Scotland's Transition Towns movement from 2008-2011.