THE New Year’s honours list showered gongs on university vice chancellors – despite the row over the spiralling wages now paid at Britain’s campuses.
Vice Chancellor of Liverpool University Janet Beer rakes in £363,000 a year and was made a Dame.
She was awarded a 6.3 per cent pay increase this year – and got a £50,000 performance bonus.
An OBE was given to Antony Chapman, who picked up a £270,000 golden goodbye when he retired from his 18-year spell as Vice Chancellor of Cardiff Metropolitan University last year and he receives a whopping £90,000 annual pension.
Nine vice chancellors were awarded honours in total. It’s likely to cause fresh outrage over uni bosses pay, which was initially sparked this year by The Sun’s revelation that 1,250 vice chancellors and senior staff are pocketing more than £150,000 a year at the same time as tuition fees rocket.
It led to ministers announcing moves to fine universities if they fail to justify paying staff over £150,000. Critics want the Government to go further and impose a cap on vice chancellor pay.
Earlier this month the UK’s highest-paid vice chancellor- already made a Dame – announced she was standing down from her £486,000 a year job at Bath University.
But Dame Glynis Breakwell will pocket a further £700,000 before she leaves her post next August. She sparked fury for staying on in her post earlier this year despite losing a no-confidence vote.