A MAN who led one of the region’s great seats of learning for more than 14 years has died.

Professor Berrick Saul CBE, was the vice-chancellor of the University of York from 1979 to 1993. He was 91.

University registrar Dr David Duncan said: "The university community was saddened to hear of the death of Berrick Saul. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends.

"Berrick was vice-chancellor from 1979 to 1993 and oversaw a period of consolidation; he led the university's efforts to strengthen our science departments and was instrumental in developing the Science Park.

"His commitment and vision were crucial in helping to establish our international reputation for research and teaching.

"Under his leadership, the college system was reinforced and a commitment made to securing the best researchers - a legacy that all our students and staff are benefitting from today."

He added: "Berrick is remembered with great affection by former students and staff. The Berrick Saul building, which opened on campus in 2009 and houses the Humanities Research Centre, was named in his honour."

Prof Saul was born in West Bromwich and following his National Service in the Army studied at the University of Birmingham, obtaining his PhD in 1953.

His academic career began at the University of Liverpool and he was also a Rockefeller Foundation Scholar to the USA.

Moving to the University of Edinburgh, he rose to become professor of economic history and head of the department of economics, then vice-principal and acting principal of the university before moving to York.