University bosses face curbs under fair-pay rules

From BBC - January 10, 2018

University heads will be barred from being involved in setting their own salaries, under a new fair-pay code announced in the wake of claims of excessive pay for vice-chancellors.

Senior pay would also be expected not to rise more quickly than the average for other academic staff.

The voluntary code has been drawn up by the Committee of University Chairs.

Chris Sayers, the group's chairman, said the regulations would help to "justify our decisions" over pay.

But the chief executive of the new Office for Students, Nicola Dandridge, said the proposals were "insufficient".

She said that "people are rightly concerned by the level of pay", and not just the "process" by which it was decided.

University heads' pay was put under intense scrutiny last year, with accusations of "fat cat" salaries and claims that some university leaders were overpaid and out of touch.

The vice-chancellor of the University of Bath stepped down amid the protests.

'Fair but not excessive'

After a meeting last month with the then universities minister, Jo Johnson, university leaders agreed to produce new guidelines on pay.

Mr Johnson had called for restraint and had threatened the intervention of a new regulator.

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