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Peter Mathieson receives knighthood

University of Edinburgh Principal and Vice-Chancellor Peter Mathieson received a knighthood for his service in higher education. The award was listed in King Charles III’s first New Year Honours list, published on 30 December. His knighthood was one of three awarded in Scotland, recognising his ongoing leadership of the University of Edinburgh, his earlier career […]

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‘Stupid’, ‘corrupt’, ‘it’s tone deaf’ – students react to Mathieson’s knighthood

Peter Mathieson, Vice-Chancellor and principal of the University of Edinburgh, has received a knighthood for his ‘services to higher education’. This week, The Student asked students for their responses, and heard criticisms of the principal involving his handling of strike action, his compensation for his role, and the ongoing student housing crisis. One student said […]

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How does ‘Sir’ Peter Mathieson sound?

When I think of knighthoods, I think of national treasures. Sir David Attenborough. Dame Maggie Smith. Not Peter Mathieson. Our valiant vice-chancellor has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list, and will thus receive a knighthood for “services to higher education”. Intriguing. I am unable to disagree with His Majesty. Mathieson has contributed to […]

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Elitist or not, Andy Murray deserves a knighthood

Scotland’s favourite sportsman and World Number One Andy Murray has celebrated a fantastic year in tennis, and once again the question of whether he will receive a Knighthood for his achievements at this year’s award ceremony has resurfaced. And with this rises the debate over whether or not Knighthoods as a concept are elitist, outdated […]