5 Reasons why Mark Beaumont is the coolest Rector in Scotland

Glasgow may have Snowden (still exiled in Russia), St. Andrews elected Stihler (the only female MEP representing Scotland) but we chose Mark, an ultra-endurance athlete and adventure broadcaster from Perthshire.

See our Rector isn’t just an intrepid explorer, he is so much more. Here are the top 5 reasons Mark was the perfect choice.

1. Straight up badass

From the minute he could pedal, Mark was always exploring. At the age of 12 he cycled the length of Scotland and raised £3000 for charity.

In 2008 he broke the The Guinness World Record for the Fastest True Circumnavigation by Bicycle, a truly epic 18,297 mile round-the-world race, smashing previous results by 82 days.

Not only this but he also joined the team which rowed from Canada to the exact North Pole, so just a wee 500 miles through one of the most hostile environments on Earth.

Miles cycled across Rockies and Andes (2009-2010)

2. World-travelling broadcaster

Alongside his physical achievements, which includes almost all of the ultra-intense expeditions imaginable, Mark is just as natural behind the camera as he is in the saddle.

So far he has filmed a series of successful BBC documentaries, including a documentary on the first team to reach a certified polar position by rowing boat, the 1996 North Magnetic Pole. ‘Rowing the Arctic’ on BBC 1 (2011) as well as filming and completing the ‘The Highland Line Challenge’, a 240 mile run and swim across Scotland from Arran to Aberdeen, raising £97,000 for children’s charities in the process.

3. Author & Speaker

Not only has Mark published the UK best selling cycling book ‘The Man who Cycled the World’, he is also a TEDx speaker and distinguished public orator.

4. Father

Alongside fundraising for innumerable charities and being a champion of cycling across the world, Mark is also a loving husband and father.

5. All around great guy

Within the short time of becoming Rector, Mark has already rowed with students to raise money for Cash4kids, assisted another group in making a film about the changes happening in Dundee and awarded the top athletes on campus during the Sports Union’s Blues & Colours event. All of which he did in the same month as cycling the 185 mile ride across the Hebrides in 24 hours.

I am very proud of the city and the University’s many successes over the years. I look forward to playing my part in the University of Dundee’s many future triumphs.

Mark Beaumont


and 6. the Rector installation and official pub crawl (the Drag) is on Monday!

Grab a ticket to celebrate with Mark below.