Priest and former pop star takes on new university role

The Rev Richard Cole has become Chancellor of the University of Northampton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Priest, television presenter and former 80s pop star The Rev Richard Coles has added a new role to his CV - by becoming Chancellor of the University of Northampton.

The Vicar of Finedon, who was born in Northamptonshire, has already had a pretty packed career.

As one half of the pop duo The Communards, he had three Top 10 hits in the UK. He has since gone on to present radio shows, make regular appearances on television programmes including QI and Have I Got News for Use, and was one of the advisers on the BBC's comedy Rev.

He said he wanted to use his Chancellorship to help encourage people into higher education who may not have had the opportunity otherwise.

The Rev Richard Cole has become Chancellor of the University of Northampton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The university's Vice Chancellor Nick Petford said the vicar had been chosen because of his "commitment to the county".