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

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Diciembre 7, 2017

ONE of Britain's smallest and lowest-ranked universities paid its vice chancellor £808,000 past year, sparking an outcry from critics as it emerged yesterday.

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 University and College Union (UCU) has required an "earnest redesign" of senior pay at British colleges.

Despite the increasingly global 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.

In total, she received a pay package, including benefits and pensions, worth £808,000.

She said that the bad habit chancellor's compensation was chosen by a compensation advisory group, which did exclude the bad habit chancellor or staff.

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A spokeswoman for the university said: "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".

Prof Dame Glynis Breakwell declared she was leaving from the University of Bath after a line over her £468,000 pay.

Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union, said: "This can not be allowed to continue; we need an urgent overhaul of how senior pay and perks are determined, and how our universities are governed".

"We are not legally empowered to tell a university how much to pay its vice-chancellor or senior staff. Parliament does not permit it", Atkins wrote, saying Hefce's hands were tied other than investigating corporate governance.

She called for greater transparency into how senior pay awards were decided, with staff and students included on remuneration committees.

"We are seeing what happens when decisions are taken in secret without proper checks and balances", she added.

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