A FORMER primary school teacher is taking up a role as vice-chancellor of a North-East university.

The University of Sunderland has announced its new vice-chancellor will be Sir David Bell.

He takes up the role, which comes with a £260,000 a year salary, will join the university on September 24.

He is moving from the University of Reading, where he has been vice-chancellor since 2012.

He said: “I have always had the greatest respect for the university’s inclusive ethos and how it delivers opportunities and personalised support for students from all walks of life.

“I know that Sunderland is highly regarded as an anchor institution in the region, committed to delivering excellence in teaching and research. “

Originally from Glasgow, his early career included primary school teaching posts, before being appointed as director of education and libraries at Newcastle City Council in 1995.

Previous roles have also included Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools and Permanent Secretary at the Department of Education.