University vice-chancellors' earnings 'out of control'

Revelations that leading academics in the UK are earning more than £600,000 (US$916,000) while other staff have seen their pay cut, is evidence that the benefits awarded to vice-chancellors are “completely out of control”, according to a universities union, writes Richard Adams for the Guardian.

A string of freedom of information requests by the TaxPayers’ Alliance and the Daily Mail showed that more than 7,500 staff at universities earned more than £100,000 last year, including several vice-chancellors and professors earning more than £600,000.

The revelations come as the new green paper on higher education published recently suggested that universities could be exempted from freedom of information legislation, which would have the effect of blocking embarrassing requests over pay.
Full report on the Guardian site