Bath Spa University slammed as departing chief pants £808k

The biggest ever vice Chancellor “golden goodbye” has been paid out by Bath Spa University
Christopher Jones

The biggest ever vice Chancellor “golden goodbye” has been paid out by Bath Spa University Credit Christopher Jones

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

Records for Bath Spa University demonstrate Prof Christina Slade was paid £429,000 "for loss of office" over her £250,000 compensation and different advantages.

Professor Slade also received a housing allowance of £20,000, other benefits in kind worth £20,000 and pension contributions of £89,000 in her previous year, which took her overall remuneration package to £808,000, according to the Times Higher Education newspaper.

The new disclosures went ahead the day it rose the retirement terms of Britain's most generously compensated bad habit chancellor are being researched by a guard dog.

She called for more prominent straightforwardness into how senior pay grants were chosen, with staff and understudies included on compensation boards of trustees.

Prof Dame Glynis Breakwell declared she was leaving from the University of Bath after a line over her £468,000 pay. She will continue to be paid her full salary until she departs in 2019.

Attention has subsequently focused on the vice-chancellor of Southampton University, Sir Christopher Snowden, and his £433,000 annual salary.

Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union which represents university workers, said: "We are seeing what happens when decisions are taken in secret without proper checks and balances".

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".

She said that the vice-chancellor's salary was decided by a pay committee, which did not include the vice-chancellor or staff.

Sally Hunt, general secretary of UCU, said: "This simply 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".

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".