University of Bath vice-chancellor quits in pay row

The vice-chancellor of the College of Bathtub, dealing with accusations of extreme pay, has stepped down.

Dame Prof Glynis Breakwell, the UK’s highest paid vice-chancellor with a wage of £468,000, had turn into the main focus of criticisms of rising pay amongst college leaders.

Lecturers had complained that her pay had risen rather more quickly than the salaries of college employees.

Dame Glynis will step down on the finish of the summer time time period.


Dame Glynis mentioned she had “served the college to the very best of my capacity” and would now take a sabbatical earlier than formally retiring in 2019.

She’s going to keep on full pay by her sabbatical and a automobile mortgage price about £31,000 might be written off – however the college says there might be no monetary fee hooked up to stepping down.

The vice-chancellor had confronted a wave of challenges over her pay.

Former Training Minister Lord Adonis had known as her pay “shameless and outrageous”.

And in response to her departure, Sally Hunt, chief of the UCU lecturers’ union, mentioned her “place had turn into untenable”.

Final week Dame Glynis had narrowly survived a motion of no confidence within the college’s senate, however greater than 300 employees had known as for her resignation.

However there have been extra protests and censures deliberate for later this week – with criticism from employees and college students that her pay was unreasonably excessive.

Dame Glynis’s pay had come into sharper focus within the debates over tuition charges and worth for cash for college kids.

When tuition charges in England have been elevated to £9,250, there have been accusations that universities have been spending an excessive amount of on their very own senior leaders.

The Universities Minister, Jo Johnson, had highlighted issues concerning the “upward spiral” of vice-chancellors’ pay and had warned them that they wanted to indicate extra restraint.

‘Nice achievements’

However Dame Glynis mentioned she had raised the scale and standing of the college throughout her time in cost.

“Since 2001 the college has modified dramatically,” mentioned Dame Glynis, as she introduced stepping down.

“It has virtually tripled in measurement and is now among the many prime universities within the UK.

“It has had many nice achievements in its first 51 years and it’ll go on to be even better.”

Thomas Sheppard, chair of the college’s council, mentioned: “Dame Glynis Breakwell has given excellent service to the College of Bathtub, which has seen the college’s nationwide and worldwide profile develop enormously beneath her management.”

UCU chief, Ms Hunt, mentioned: “This complete episode has shone an necessary gentle on the murky world of senior pay in our universities and it could be fallacious to suppose a change on the prime of 1 establishment solves that downside.”

Revealed at Tue, 28 Nov 2017 18:32:17 +0000