University heads pocket 5% pay rise but drive down staff pay

23 January 2014 | last updated: 10 December 2015

University vice-chancellors enjoyed an average pay rise of 5.1% last year, but are now refusing to offer staff more than 1%.

As staff prepare to walk out of universities today between 11am and 1pm in a row over pay, some vice-chancellors are even threatening to dock a full day's pay from staff who take part in the two-hour stoppage. 

The analysis, published by UCU, also highlights that all but five of the university leaders where figures were available earned more than the Prime Minister's salary of £142,500 in 2013.

The analysis, collated from the latest university statements, also showed that over a quarter of university leaders (40 out of 142) enjoyed a rise greater than 10%. Two-thirds of university leaders had a pay rise greater than the 1% that university staff were told was at the limits of affordability, leading to accusations of hypocrisy from the union.

University staff's refusal to accept a 1% pay offer has prompted the current pay dispute with UK universities. A 1% pay rise would leave staff with a real-terms 13% pay cut since 2009. Union members took two days of strike action last year and will embark on the first of three short, sharp strikes, today at 11am. 

The union said the 5.1% average pay hike is likely to be an underestimate of vice-chancellors' full packages as it does not include pension contributions. Last week student groups described the employers' 1% pay offer to staff as 'measly' and called for a quick resolution to the dispute

The biggest rises were awarded to the Craig Calhoun at the London School of Economics, who got a heady 61.1%, Sir Keith Burnett, at the University of Sheffield who got 39%, and Michael Driscoll of Middlesex University, who pocketed a 25% increase.

UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'This analysis shows that far too many vice-chancellors are happy to line their own pockets while pleading poverty to their staff. Almost one in three accepted a pay rise greater than 10% yet continue to drive down staff pay.

'It is the utterly arbitrary nature of the rises that make so little sense. Vice-chancellors need to stop hiding behind shadowy remuneration committees and print the minutes of those meetings detailing what exactly they did to deserve such handsome rises. They also need to explain to staff why they deserve to be paid so much more than the people doing the teaching, research, admin and many roles that keep our universities ticking over.

'Guarantees made to ministers about pay restraint for university leaders have proved to be nothing but empty promises. Pay for those at the top has soared ever-upwards while pay for everyone else has plummeted. Our members, who are the backbone of universities, have seen their pay slump by 13% in real terms over the past five years.'

The three two-hour stoppages are scheduled to take place at these times:

Thursday 23 January 11am-1pm

Tuesday 28 January 2pm-4pm

Monday 10 February 9am-11am


Full table of vice-chancellors' pay

University

Vice-chancellor

2011/12 salary 000s

2012/13 salary 000s

% increase

London School of Economics

Craig Calhoun

270

435

61.1%

University of Sheffield

Professor Sir Keith Burnett

269

374

39.0%

Middlesex University

Professor Michael Driscoll

256

320

25.0%

Heriot-Watt University

Professor Steve Chapman

169

210

24.3%

University of Derby

Professor John Coyne

212

261

23.1%

Arts University Bournemouth

Professor Stuart Bartholomew

170

205

20.6%

University College Birmingham

Professor Ray Linforth

202

243

20.3%

SOAS, University of London

Professor Paul Webley¹

159

190

19.5%

Bournemouth University

Professor John Vinney

181

214

18.2%

Liverpool John Moores University

Professor Nigel P. Weatherill

187

221

18.2%

University of Greenwich

Professor David J Maguire

194

229

18.0%

University of Hull

Professor Calie Pistorius

240

283

17.9%

University of Strathclyde

Professor Sir Jim McDonald

240

283

17.9%

Coventry University

Mr John Latham

218

257

17.9%

Teesside University

Professor Graham Henderson

233

270

15.9%

Royal Holloway, University of London

Professor Paul Layzell

230

265

15.2%

City University London

Professor Paul Curran

281

323

14.9%

University of Winchester

Professor Joy Carter

195

223

14.4%

Birmingham City University

Professor Cliff Allan

258

295

14.3%

Lancaster University

Professor Mark E Smith

210

239

13.8%

University of Worcester

Professor David Green

241

273

13.3%

Norwich University of the Arts

Professor John Last

131

148

13.0%

Edge Hill University

Dr John Cater

239

270

13.0%

De Montfort University

Professor Dominic Shellard

193

218

13.0%

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Anthony Bowne

133

150

12.8%

University College London

Professor Malcolm Grant

280

315

12.5%

University of Leeds

Professor Michael Arthur

289

325

12.5%

University of Lincoln

Professor Mary Stuart

191

213

11.5%

York St John University

Professor David Fleming

183

204

11.5%

University of the West of England

Professor Steve West

240

267

11.3%

The Open University

Martin Bean

316

351

11.1%

University of Liverpool

Sir Howard Newby

328

360

9.8%

Aberystwyth University

Professor April McMahon

208

228

9.6%

University of London

Professor Sir Adrian Smith

140

153

9.3%

Goldsmiths, University of London

Patrick Loughrey

206

225

9.2%

University of Huddersfield

Professor Bob Cryan

207

226

9.2%

University of East Anglia

Professor Edward Acton

209

227

8.6%

Swansea University

Professor Richard B Davies

222

241

8.6%

University of East London

Professor Patrick McGhee

215

233

8.4%

University of the West of Scotland

Professor Craig Mahone

217

235

8.3%

Queen Margaret University

Professor Petra Wend

170

184

8.2%

University of Reading

Sir David Bell

215

232

7.9%

Birkbeck, University of London

David Latchman

291

314

7.9%

University of Bath

Professor Glynis M Breakwell

356

384

7.9%

University of Essex

Professor Anthony Forster

212

228

7.5%

University of Birmingham

Professor David Eastwood

372

400

7.5%

Southampton Solent University

Professor Van Gore

222

238

7.2%

Nottingham Trent University

Professor Neil T Gorman

300

321

7.0%

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Janet Hemingway

202

216

6.9%

University of Cambridge

Professor Leszek Krzysztof Borysiewicz

271

289

6.6%

Bucks New University

Professor David Sines

168

179

6.5%

Bath Spa University

Professor Christina Slade

203

216

6.4%

University of Roehampton

Professor Paul O'Prey

203

216

6.4%

University of Hertfordshire

Professor Quintin McKellar

253

269

6.3%

University of Stirling

Professor Gerry McCormac

193

205

6.2%

University of Southampton

Professor Don Nutbeam

277

294

6.1%

University of West London

Professor Peter John

212

225

6.1%

University of Brighton

Professor Julian Crampton

203

215

5.9%

University of Northampton

Professor Nick Petford

198

209

5.6%

Harper Adams University

Dr David Llewellyn

149

157

5.4%

University of St Mark and St John

Professor Cara Aitchison

149

157

5.4%

Durham University

Professor Christopher Higgins

232

244

5.2%

Queen's University Belfast

Professor James C McElnay

220

230

4.5%

University of Warwick

Professor Nigel Thrift

275

287

4.4%

University of Westminster

Professor Geoffrey Petts

224

233

4.0%

Falmouth University

Professor Anne Carlisle

215

223

3.7%

Kingston University

Julius Weinberg

190

197

3.7%

Leeds College of Art

Simone Wonnacott

118

122

3.4%

University of Glasgow

Professor Anton Muscatelli

250

258

3.2%

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Professor Barry Ife

165

170

3.0%

London Business School

Sir Adrian Smith

338

348

3.0%

Aston University

Professor Julia King

272

280

2.9%

University of Surrey

Sir Christopher Snowden

320

329

2.8%

Ravensbourne

Professor Robin Baker

152

156

2.6%

University of Oxford

Professor Andrew Hamilton

371

380

2.4%

Courtauld Institute of Art

Professor Deborah Swallow

174

178

2.3%

Imperial College London

Sir Keith O'Nions

323

330

2.2%

University of the Arts London

Nigel Carrington

239

244

2.1%

Manchester Metropolitan University

John Brooks

249

254

2.0%

University of Kent

Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow

218

222

1.8%

Liverpool Hope University

Professor Gerald Pillay

228

232

1.8%

University of York

Professor Brian Cantor

232

236

1.7%

University of Manchester

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell

248

252

1.6%

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Professor Antony J Chapman

198

201

1.5%

University of Dundee

Professor Pete Downes

219

222

1.4%

University of Aberdeen

Ian Diamond

261

264

1.1%

Staffordshire University

Professor Michael Gunn

176

178

1.1%

Keele University

Professor Nick Foskett

264

267

1.1%

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Professor Peter Piot

278

281

1.1%

University of the Highlands and Islands

Dr Crichton Lang

190

192

1.1%

University of Portsmouth

Professor Graham Galbraith

196

198

1.0%

Bangor University

Professor John Hughes

219

221

0.9%

Robert Gordon University

Professor Ferdinand Von Prondzynski

223

225

0.9%

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Mark Featherstone-Whitty

126

127

0.8%

Glasgow School of Art

Professor Tom Inns

127

128

0.8%

University Campus Suffolk

Richard Lister

142

143

0.7%

Newcastle University

Professor Chris Brink

223

224

0.4%

University of Bristol

Professor Eric Thomas

282

283

0.4%

Writtle College

Dr Stephen Waite

114

114

0.0%

University of Nottingham

Professor David Greenaway

318

318

0.0%

London Metropolitan University

Professor Malcolm Gillies

254

254

0.0%

University of Salford

Professor Martin Hall

209

209

0.0%

Institute of Education

Chris Husbands

191

191

0.0%

University of Cumbria

Professor Peter Strike

170

170

0.0%

Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Philip Jones

246

246

0.0%

King's College London

Professor Rick Trainor

272

272

0.0%

Leeds Metropolitan University

Professor Susan Price

215

215

0.0%

University of Edinburgh

Sir Timothy O'Shea

227

227

0.0%

St George's, University of London

Professor Peter Kopelman

229

229

0.0%

University of Ulster

Professor Richard Barnett

205

204

-0.5%

University of Gloucestershire

Stephen Marston

161

160

-0.6%

Glasgow Caledonian University

Professor Pamela Gillies

229

227

-0.9%

University for the Creative Arts

Dr Simon Ofield-Kerr

160

158

-1.3%

Institute of Cancer Research

Professor Alan Ashworth

215

212

-1.4%

University of Sunderland

Professor Peter Fidler

201

198

-1.5%

University of Wolverhampton

Professor Geoff Layer

183

180

-1.6%

Queen Mary, University of London

Professor Simon Gaskell

208

204

-1.9%

London South Bank University

Professor David Phoenix

238

233

-2.1%

University of St Andrews

Professor Louise Richardson

235

230

-2.1%

University of Sussex

Professor Michael Farthing

248

241

-2.8%

University of Central Lancashire

Professor Gerry Kelleher

240

233

-2.9%

University of Leicester

Robert Burgess

269

259

-3.7%

University of Bradford

Brian Cantor

179

171

-4.5%

Brunel University

Professor Julia Buckingham

267

237

-11.2%

University of Bolton

George Holmes

230

202

-12.2%

University of Exeter

Professor Steve Smith

334

290

-13.2%

Cardiff University

Professor Colin Riordan

264

218

-17.4%

Loughborough University

‌Professor Robert Allison

266

201

-24.4%

Canterbury Christ Church University

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran

203

147

-27.6%

University of Abertay Dundee

Professor Nigel Seaton

245

164

-33.1%

Leeds Trinity University

Professor Margaret House²

134

82

-38.8%

Anglia Ruskin University

Professor Michael Thorne

255

 n/a

n/a

University of Bedfordshire

Bill Rammell

280

 n/a

n/a

St Mary's University College, Twickenham

Dr Arthur Naylor

144

 n/a

n/a

Edinburgh Napier University

Professor Andrea Nolan

209

 n/a

n/a

Northumbria University

Professor Andrew Wathey

233

 n/a

n/a

University of Chichester

Professor Clive Behagg

150

 n/a

n/a

Central School of Speech and Drama

Professor Gavin Henderson

164

 n/a

n/a

Oxford Brookes University

Professor Janet Beer

214

 n/a

n/a

Glynd┼Ár University

Professor Michael Scott

199

 n/a

n/a

Plymouth University

Professor Wendy Purcell

280

 n/a

n/a

Royal Veterinary College

Professor Stuart Reid

237

 n/a

n/a

Average

223

235

5.1

¹ SOAS advise us that Professor Webley's sharp jump in salary can be explained by the fact that during the autumn term in 2011/12 he was in Norway on research leave and received a reduced salary during this period. On his return he resumed full pay.  Professor Webley's annual pay of £190,363 is the same amount he has received since 2008/09.
² Professor House's salary is only for seven months as she took over in January. On a pro-rata basis she would have earned £140,000 - an increase of 4.2%

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