Biography of Reginald Bosanquet
Reginald Bosanquet (1932-1984) was University Rector from 1980 until 1983.
Bosanquet was the son of a famous cricketer and studied at Winchester College and New College, Oxford. He became a sub-editor at ITN and worked as a diplomatic correspondent and later as a news reader. His popular image as a raffish character influenced the University Union in choosing him as their candidate in the election of 1980.
Bosanquet's opponents in the 1980 contest were the politician Robin Cook; the Conservative councillor Bill Aitken; the journalists Jack House and Anna Raeburn, and the Scottish Nationalist Party politicians Iain MacCormick and Margo MacDonald.
The date of the rectorial election was changed during Bosanquet's rectorship, from October to March, and so he served for three and a half years in office.>