Southampton University in new pay row

The vice-chancellor of Southampton College was awarded a pay package deal of £424,000 final yr – £72,000 greater than he earned the earlier yr.

Accounts present Sir Christopher Snowden was paid £352,000 in 2015-16, throughout which he was in publish for 10 months.

The college stated the additional mirrored a full yr’s wage and the nationwide larger schooling pay award of 1.1%.

However Sally Hunt, of the College and School Union, criticised his determination to just accept the pay rise.

Ms Hunt, the union’s normal secretary, stated the rise demonstrated “as soon as once more how out of contact college vice-chancellors may be”.

She stated that Sir Christopher was “already one of many best-paid vice-chancellors within the UK, on a wage that had been publicly questioned by the colleges minister”.

And he or she added: “To just accept this type of pay rise, whereas saying he should axe 75 educational jobs as a result of cash is tight, beggars perception.”

‘Recurrently reviewed’

An announcement from the college stated the 1.1% pay rise was the one enhance in Sir Christopher’s remuneration since his appointment, and that he had declined an identical increment for 2017-18.

“The decrease wage determine printed for 2015-16 mirrored solely 10 months of his first yr spent in workplace,” it stated.

“The vice-chancellor’s wage was set and is recurrently reviewed and agreed by the college’s independently-chaired remuneration committee, which experiences to the College Council.

“The vice-chancellor will not be a member of the remuneration committee and solely attends by invitation to debate different enterprise.”

The college additionally paid £9,000 right into a pension scheme from which he had opted out.

‘Sharp enhance’

The college drew criticism from Universities Minister Jo Johnson in the summertime.

He stated in a speech: “There’s one establishment on the south coast that has seen vice-chancellor pay rise from £227,000 in 2009-10 to £350,000 to 2015-16, which is basically fairly a pointy enhance.”

It comes two days after the UK’s highest paid vice-chancellor Dame Prof Glynis Breakwell stepped down.

The College of Tub boss had turn into the main target of criticism for her £468,000 wage.

Lecturers had complained that her pay had risen far more quickly than the salaries of college workers.

‘Most skilled’

Dr Gill Rider, chair of the College Council, stated: “The College of Southampton is a world-renowned educating and analysis establishment with over 24,000 college students, 6,500 members of workers and a turnover of £590 million every year, lower than 1 / 4 of which comes from EU/residence tuition charges.

“We recruited Sir Christopher to Southampton two years in the past as a result of we wished an impressive chief for the college.

“He’s a massively revered educational, knighted for his companies to engineering and better schooling.

“He is likely one of the most skilled vice-chancellors within the sector with a observe report of delivering long-term distinctive outcomes, and he’s a former president of Universities UK.

“He has held worldwide management roles within the personal sector, together with as a plc chief govt, and he has served on the prime minister’s Council for Science and Expertise.

“Sir Christopher brings breadth and depth of expertise that’s vital to Southampton’s long-term success.”

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