MORE than 200 students have nominated Boris Johnson for the role of rector at Edinburgh University.
The Tory frontbencher has received more nominations than the number of votes most candidates won in the last rectorial election three years ago, and five times the 40 necessary to be a candidate.
Mr Johnson said: "I'm deadly serious about becoming rector of the University of Edinburgh. I believe I have a lot to offer as an ambassador for the students, the staff and the university - and I believe I can give a big voice to their concerns.
"I want to learn all about the problems students and university staff face today and what steps must be taken by government to improve the situation."
He has also received some backing from the Edinburgh University Students' Association.
Vice-president of services Pete Harris said: "I am a huge fan of Boris's and fully expect him to be an active, approachable and student-friendly rector."
However, Ruth Cameron, Student Association President, is backing Green MSP Mark Ballard.