Bath Spa University Prof Christina Slade Paid £800000 in Final Year

Postado Dezembro 07, 2017

The biggest ever vice-Chancellor "golden goodbye" has been paid out by Bath Spa University, as it emerged that the outgoing head was handed £808,000 in her final year pay deal.

Professor Christina Slade, who had spent five years as vice-chancellor of Bath Spa University, stepped down this summer after receiving a package worth £808,000 - making her nearly certainly the best-paid British vice-chancellor in history.

The 64-year-old Australian academic also received a housing allowance worth £20,000 and unspecified "benefits in kind" worth the same amount, as well as £89,000 in pension contributions.

Southampton University was forced to backtrack this week when it acknowledged that its vice-chancellor, Sir Christopher Snowden, who is paid £424,000, had been a member of the committee which set his salary.

A Bath Spa spokesperson said that Professor Slade, a professor of media theory, had "stood down" as vice-chancellor last summer after "more than five years of distinguished service".

A spokeswoman for Bath Spa University, which had 7,300 students this year, said the university had paid Prof Slade "a sum which reflected her contractual and statutory entitlements and was considered to represent value for money".

"Financially sound, [the university] has invested heavily in developing outstanding facilities, generated a significant increase in research activity and become increasingly worldwide in its outlook and activities".

Despite the increasingly worldwide profile of United Kingdom universities and the growing demands of Brexit in the higher education sector, many academic staff at institutions around the country remain unconvinced that the highest-paid executives are good value for money.

Bath Spa's pay-off may attract a complaint to a university regulator, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce), as the retirement agreement for the vice chancellor of the University of Bath has already done.

Lord Adonis, a former Labour education minister who has campaigned on the issue, tweeted earlier this week: "I will propose an independent enquiry into excessive vice-chancellor pay, to report to the [Prime Minister] by end January".

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said that when it came to senior pay in colleges "numerous bad habit chancellors and ranking staff appear as though they are living on an alternate planet".

Madeleine Atkins, Hefce's chief executive, replied on Wednesday to the organisation's critics over accusations it had failed to do enough to curb high pay among university leaders.

The universities minister, Jo Johnson, has called on universities to restrain pay for senior management after UCU research showed that the average pay for vice-chancellors had risen to £278,000 in 2015-16.