The Uni Vice Chancellor who pocketed £800k in one year

The ex-Vice Chancellor of Bath Spa University, Professor Christina Slade, took home over £800,000 in one year, it has emerged.  As well as her £250,000 salary, Slade was also paid over £400,000 for "loss of office".  On top of that, she received a £20,000 "housing allowance" and another £20,000 for unspecified "other benefits-in-kind".  Nearly £90,000 were made in pension contributions too.

The University has deflected accusation of excessive pay, and told the BBC: "Having taken legal advice, the university paid Prof Slade a sum which reflected her contractual and statutory entitlements, and was considered to represent value for money."

The salaries of Vice Chancellors have come under increased scrutiny recently, with the UCU (University and College Union) calling for an "urgent overhaul" of executive pay at universities.

In a separate case, the Vice Chancellor of Bath University, Prof Dame Glynis Breakwell, resigned last month over being criticised for accepting a rise in her salary which saw her being paid £468,000 per year.  This made her the highest paid Vice Chancellor in the UK.

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: 'We are seeing what happens when decisions are taken in secret without proper checks and balances. This simply cannot be allowed to continue; we need an urgent overhaul of how senior pay and perks are determined, and how our universities are governed.

'Hefce has already been asked to investigate the golden goodbye on offer down the road at the University of Bath and I presume they will look at this one as well. We need students and staff to have a role on the committees taking these decisions and we need to see the full minutes so we can be clear about how pay awards are decided.

'Clearly, when it comes to senior pay and perks in our universities, many vice-chancellors and senior staff look like they are living on a different planet. Defending their own massive rises while pleading poverty when it comes to staff pay and pensions only makes them look out of touch and greedy. From golden goodbyes totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds in Bath to efforts to obscure who is setting pay the vice-chancellor's pay in Southampton, the time has come for proper transparency of pay and perks in higher education, and for staff and students to be given a seat at the top table.'

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