Bath university head quits in pay row

Image caption Prof Dame Glynis Breakwell has faced criticism over too much pay

The vice-chancellor of the College of Bath, facing accusations associated with excessive pay, has stepped straight down.

Dame Prof Glynis Breakwell, the UK’s highest compensated vice-chancellor with a salary of £ 468, 000, had become the concentrate of criticisms of rising spend among university leaders.

Lecturers had complained that the girl pay had risen much more quickly than the salaries of university staff members.

Dame Glynis will certainly step down at the end of the summer phrase.


Dame Glynis said the girl had “served the university towards the best of my ability” and might now take a sabbatical before officially retiring in 2019.

She will stay on full pay via her sabbatical and a car loan really worth about £ 31, 000 is going to be written off – but the college says there will be no financial transaction attached to stepping down.

The particular vice-chancellor had faced a influx of challenges over her spend.

Former Education Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) Lord Adonis had called the girl pay “shameless and outrageous”.

And in response to her leaving, Sally Hunt, leader of the UCU lecturers’ union, said her “position had become untenable”.

Last week Dame Glynis experienced narrowly survived a motion of simply no confidence in the university’s senate, but more than 300 employees had called for her resignation.

But there were more protests and censures planned for later recently – with criticism from employees and students that her pay out was unreasonably high.

Dame Glynis’s pay had enter into sharper focus in the debates more than tuition fees and value for money meant for students.

When expenses fees in England were increased in order to £ 9, 250, there were claims that universities were spending excessive on their own senior leaders.

The Universities Minister, Jo Manley, had highlighted concerns about the “upward spiral” of vice-chancellors’ pay and had warned them that they necessary to show more restraint.

‘Great achievements’

But Dame Glynis said the lady had raised the size and standing of the university during her amount of time in charge.

“Since i b?rjan p? tv?tusentalet the university has changed dramatically, inch said Dame Glynis, as the lady announced stepping down.

“It has almost tripled in size and it is now among the top universities in the united kingdom.

“It has already established many great achievements in its initial 51 years and it will go on to become even greater. ”

Jones Sheppard, chair of the university’s authorities, said: “Dame Glynis Breakwell offers given outstanding service to the University or college of Bath, which has seen the particular university’s national and international user profile grow enormously under her management. ”

UCU chief, Ms Hunt, said: “This entire episode has shone an important lighting on the murky world of older pay in our universities and it will be wrong to think a change at the top of a single institution solves that problem. inch