The Rector serves as the representative of all Queen’s University undergraduate and graduate students to the institution in matters pertaining to education. The Rector acts to support and mentor student representation and to enhance the broader learning environment. Serving on university governing bodies, including the Board of Trustees and Senate , and on numerous committees, the Rector voices student concerns and promotes educational excellence. The Rector also acts as an advisor to and advocate for students in grievance procedures. As well, the Rector promotes scholarly dialogue amongst students – notably through public speaker forums on topical issues. Additionally, the role involves many ceremonial functions, including convocations and conferring of awards. The Rector also serves a confidential support for all Queen's students, regardless of what students might be struggling with.