Welsh ministers to monitor vice-chancellors’ pay

The grip on vice-chancellor salaries is tightening after ministers agreed to monitor senior pay and awards in Wales’ university sector, writes Gareth Evans for Wales Online. The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales has been tasked with reporting annually to the Welsh government on the money being paid to university leaders. It follows a report by the University and College Union that found that all but one of Wales’ eight vice-chancellors was last year paid more than £200,000 (US$298,000).

Figures showed that Cardiff University’s Professor Colin Riordan was the best-paid university leader in Wales in 2013-14, picking up a total of £271,000 for presiding over the nation’s top-ranked institution. But league tables do not appear to influence senior salaries, with two of Wales’s lowest-ranked universities paying their leaders considerably more than other leading public figures.

A spokesperson for the Welsh government said ministers had been prompted by a report published last year by the assembly’s public accounts committee, which recommended collating information on senior pay across the Welsh public sector. He said the Welsh government had responded to the report by committing to monitor the pay of management in higher education.
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