NUKe wrote:I do wonder if the Vice chancellor of Bath Spa had been a man whether this would have had the same focus. yes it excessive to us mere mortals, but is the pay extra ordinary when compared to her peers or leaders of other establishments?
It is the system of Pay that needs tackling and not vilification of individuals.
I was outraged at that story before I knew it was a woman. We are struggling to help our kids through Uni at the moment, making big sacrifices to keep their debt as low as possible, and there is a big fat leach at the top creaming it off!
Some thoughts on this theme.
Her annual salary is £250K, which is nice for her, and the cause of much angst, but if we want universities to operate commercially, we should be careful with our reaction when they do indeed behave that way. The remainder of her "pay" is in fact compensation for loss of office under the terms of her contract. That is, something that both parties entered into freely at the start of her employment. There's not much that can be done about that after the event.
That said, I caught a snippet on Today this morning which was saying, in terms, that if Universities were Financial Services, there would be a case brought for mis-selling regarding many courses.
Sounds a little like deregulation in FS to me - perhaps we might just want to take a look at the regulatory environment...