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BISHOP Auckland College has announced the appointment of a new principal.

Natalie Davison, currently vice principal and director of curriculum and quality, will take up her new post as principal and chief executive in the New Year.

She replaces Anne Isherwood, who has been appointed as principal at Sunderland College.

Miss Davison has more than 15 years' experience in the further education sector.

A HARTLEPOOL-BORN academic educated in nearby Bishopton and Norton and at North Yorkshire's Ampleforth College has been appointed principal of Scotland's top girls school.

Frank Thompson (46) is now Head of Kilgraston, an all-girls boarding and day school in Perthshire with three hundred and forty pupils and currently UK Independent School of the Year.

He has spent two decades working in Catholic schools around the country after leaving a career in accountancy to pursue his passion for teaching.

THE family of a former York University student, who died in December 2011, have generously funded a scholarship in his name. The University today confirmed the creation of the Dinesh Vaswani Scholarship, to take effect from the academic year 2013-14.

Dinesh lived in York after graduating with a BA in Language and Linguistics in 1997. Originally from Singapore, Dinesh loved York and chose to move permanently to the city, working initially at York St John University, and later, despite securing employment in Cambridge, stayed in York, until his death.

TEESSIDE University's student radio station has scooped a national award thanks to an innovative design by a forward thinking student.

Click clinched the Bronze Award in the Best Technical Achievement category of the BBC Radio1 National Radio Awards.

The award was a result of an iPhone mobile application which allows people to listen to Click on the move.

It was designed earlier this year by Ben Harker, who is due to graduate later this month with a BA (Hons) Media Production.

AN internship scheme now in its third year at Sunderland University is celebrating its most successful year after attracting more big name companies.

Building on its reputation for pairing talented students with suitable employers for a four-week placement over the summer, the university has this year attracted more than 40 of the region's businesses, including British Airways and Arriva.

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