It would appear that a number of UK universities are about to appoint cut- price, bargain- basement vice-chancellors.
In the past, top-quality university leaders such as Dame Glynis Breakwell (University of Bath: £468,000 remuneration package) and Sir Christopher Snowden (University of Southampton: £433,000) were no doubt attracted to the role by the size of their stipends.
But following high-level criticism of such remuneration packages, it is now expected that the vicechancellors chosen to fill existing vacancies at Anglia Ruskin University, the University of Bradford, Goldsmiths, University of London, Liverpool John Moores University and Southampton will be required to rub along on little more than the sector average of £266,000.
One former vice-chancellor, who asked not to be named, regretted this development. “We are in grave danger of going back to the bad old days when a vice-chancellor’s pay was only 12 times that of the average lecturer, and the incumbent had to perform their complex leadership duties without access to such marginal comforts as a 30ft personal yacht, a grace-and-favour residence and a Bentley Continental.”