THE co-founder of the television production company behind programmes like Horrible Histories and The Cube has been nominated as the next rector of Edinburgh University.

Students will vote for Steve Morrison of All3Media or Peter McColl, the charity worker and Green blogger who is the current incumbent of the three-year post, after both received backing on campus.

Previous rectors include former Prime Ministers Gordon Brown, Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George and Earl Kitchener.

Others to hold the post include the scientist Sir Alexander Fleming, the actor James Robertson Justice, Herald writer Iain Macwhirter, the musician Donnie Munro and the footballer John Colquhoun.

Tracey Slaven, deputy returning officer, University of Edinburgh, said: "Congratulations to our candidates, who can now begin campaigning for what promises to be a lively election.

"We're looking forward to a good turnout to make this important decision for the University."

Judy Murray, mother of Wimbledon star Andy, was reported on campus also to be in nominations but was not included.

Staff and students will be able to vote in February.

The rector presides at meetings of the University Court, the governing body.

Uniquely elected by students and staff, the rector ensures that the interests of the whole university community are considered in the court's decision making processes.