The Rector is the highest academic authority in the University, acts as its representative and directs, governs and manages it.
The official office of the Rector and his management team is in the Rectory building. It is located in the Hospital Real, a historic place in the city of Granada created by order of the Catholic Monarchs. Construction of the building began in the 16th century. It was originally a hospital, then an asylum, and at one time it was even a jail. In 1961 it was acquired by the then Ministry of National Education, and in 1970 it became part of the University. It is the central headquarters of the Universidad de Granada and has been used by the Rector's Office and other university departments since the late seventies.