Fourth De­gree

THE (Times Higher Education) - - CONTENTS - Lau­rie Tay­lor re­ports

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.”

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