Bath Spa University slammed as departing chief trousers £808k

‘GRADE-A DISGRACE’

Her payout is thought to be a record, making her the highest paid outgoing vice chancellor in Britain

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

Bath Spa University shelled out a £429,000 golden goodbye plus a £250,000 salary to retiring Aussie Professor Christina Slade, 64.

Professor Christina Slade, Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University received a golden goodbye

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Professor Christina Slade, Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University received a golden goodbye

The media theory academic also received £20,000 in housing allowance, another £20,000 in benefits-in-kind and £89,000 in pension contributions.

It is believed to be a record golden goodbye paid to a retiring university vice chancellor. Labour peer Andrew Adonis, who has spearheaded criticism of the pay to vice chancellors, branded the package a “grade A” disgrace.


He said: “There should be an independent inquiry into top university pay and a cap of £200,000 on all university administrators’ salaries.”

Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union, said: “We’re seeing what happens when decisions are taken in secret. This can’t continue.”

Bath Spa University praised professor Slade’s five years of “distinguished” service and said the payments represented value for money.

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