More than three in four universities give bosses pay rises despite crackdown on high salaries

According to The Independent, more than three-quarters of universities have defied a crackdown on six-figure salaries to give bosses inflation-busting pay rises, figures reveal.

Vice-chancellors in England were paid £253,000 on average in 2017-18 – rising by 3.1 per cent despite widespread anger among students about high pay for university leaders.

It comes despite repeated calls from ministers, students and academics for pay restraint, especially at a time when universities and students face significant financial difficulties.

The regulator previously warned that universities could be fined for giving their bosses unjustifiably high salaries. But the new OfS report includes no details about the justification for pay rises.

Matt Waddup, head of policy at the University and College Union, which represents university staff including academics, called the regulator’s report “lightweight”.

The University of Bath awarded the highest salary (£470,000) to its vice-chancellor and the University of Cambridge came second with a salary of £431,000 for its leader. 

Damian Hinds, education secretary, said the government had given powers to the OfS to take action against universities that do not justify the pay and benefits of their vice-chancellors.

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