Bath University: MP Andrew Murrison quits role over vice-chancellor's pay deal

An MP has give up his position on the College of Tub in protest over the vice-chancellor’s “eye-watering” pay.

Prof Dame Glynis Breakwell earns £451,000 a yr and is the best paid vice-chancellor within the nation.

Andrew Murrison, Conservative MP for South West Wiltshire, stated college bosses have been “trying more and more like a self-serving cartel”.

The previous defence and Northern Eire minister, has written to the college to resign as an ex-officio member.

“Universities actually must be asking whether or not the eye-watering sums some are meting out to vice-chancellors are actually essential to draw what they signify as expertise,” he stated.

“As a pack, they’re trying more and more like a self-serving cartel at a time of mounting pupil debt and wage restraint elsewhere within the public and quasi-public sectors.

“I can not in all conscience proceed to be related to the governance of Tub College, in nevertheless titular a capability, while present follow stays unchallenged.”

Mr Murrison stood down from the Courtroom of Tub College, a statutory physique representing the pursuits of the college’s inside and exterior stakeholders.

The South West Wiltshire MP additionally expressed issues over pay to Hugh Brady the vice-chancellor of Bristol College, the place Mr Murrison is an related ex-officio member.

‘Greed’

The resignation follows a debate in the House of Lords last month, by which former schooling minister Lord Adonis accused the College of Tub’s remuneration committee of being “mired in controversy”.

He stated the “solely instance” the vice-chancellor was setting to her workers was “considered one of greed”.

The Increased Schooling Funding Council for England watchdog is at present investigating whether or not the way in which pay is awarded is sufficiently clear.

A college spokesman has stated it’s “dedicated to the best requirements of governance” and its “remuneration course of” was “according to follow at different universities”

College chiefs took house wage packages price greater than £250,000 on common final yr, based on the College and Faculty Union.

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