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UK MPs resign over vice-chancellor pay
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UK MPs resign over vice-chancellor pay

23/08/17Education

Three more UK MPs are to leave their roles at the University of Bath in protest of the vice-chancellor’s “unjustifiable” pay.

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell earns £451,000 (~€490,000) per year, and is the highest paid vice-chancellor in the country.

Labour’s Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy, Bristol North West MP Darren Jones, and Stroud MP David Drew all confirmed that they are resigning from the Court of Bath University – a statutory body representing the interests of the university’s internal and external stakeholders.

Andrew Murrison, the MP for South West Wiltshire, resigned two weeks ago.

McCarthy said that her resignation was to “put down a marker” about the “absolutely massive increases in pay that vice-chancellors in universities across the country have been getting recently”. She added: “At what point does it become justifiable to pay someone £450,000?”

Jones added that he was standing down in support of Lord Adonis’s call that government should undertake an inquiry into public sector executive pay.

“Vice-chancellors’ pay needs to be set within the context of value for money. Students take on excessive debt to get a good education, not to pay bloated executive pay.”

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) watchdog is undertaking an investigation into whether the way in which pay is awarded is sufficiently transparent.

A university spokesman added: “We are providing HEFCE with all the information they have requested, including in relation to meetings of University Court.”

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