Calls to link vice-chancellor pay to university size

Appearing before the education select committee, Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Office for Students, hinted that the new watchdog would crack down on heads who receive large pay packets while presiding over small universities, writes Camilla Turner for The Telegraph.

Asked by the Robert Halfon MP, the committee chair, whether salaries of senior executives should be linked to performance, Dandridge said “yes, and also linked to the size of the organisation you are running”. She added: “I mean some are huge, billion pound, international operations and some of them have far less responsibility.”

Her comments follow widespread criticism of vice-chancellor salaries, including Professor Christina Slade, who retired in August after five years in the post. With just over 7,000 students last academic year, Bath Spa University is one of the smallest universities in the country. The country’s highest-paid vice-chancellor, Dame Glynis Breakwell of the University of Bath, announced she will be stepping down next year amid pressure from her own staff over her salary.
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