Uni staff rich list 2020: How many staff members at your uni are earning over £100k?

It’s not just VCs who rake in the dollar

It’s no secret there are some seriously fat wages kicking about at the top of the uni management pay scale.

Back in January The Tab revealed the true extent of Vice Chancellor salaries, with the top dog at Imperial getting paid £554,100 in the 2018-19 academic year.

But it turns out it’s not just the VCs raking it in.

A Freedom of Information request (FOI) submitted by the TaxPayers’ Alliance reveals just how many staff members at your uni are on six figure salaries.

LSE came out on top with 306 staff members paid over £100,000 in the academic year 2019/20.

Manchester weren’t far behind with 282 followed by Warwick with 262.

The FOI went one step further, also finding out just how many staff members were paid over £150,000.

LSE remain at the top of the table, boasting 109 staff members who were paid over £150,000 in the academic year 2019/20.

Manchester and Warwick also remain in second and third place, paying whopping salaries to 86 and 66 staff members respectively.

Commenting on the data, Scott Simmons, researcher at the TaxPayers’ Alliance told The Northern Echo: “These rankings reveal the thousands of university bosses taking home very plush pay packets despite begging for a Covid bailout.

“Taxpayers and students will be left with more than a degree of uncertainty over whether this is money well spent – especially when students are paying a premium to be locked up in halls with no face-to-face teaching.

“Instead of blaming Covid, university bosses need to get these steep salaries under control and focus on providing students with the very best higher education they can during the pandemic.”

A spokesperson for Durham University defended the six figure salaries: “Durham University is a world top 100 institution with around 20,000 students, over 4,000 staff and an annual turnover of around £360m.

“Competitive salary packages are essential to attract and retain outstanding individuals in a global market for higher education leadership talent.

“Our Remuneration Committee considers a number of criteria in its deliberations, which include extensive benchmarking across the higher education sector, as well as performance in role. The Committee regularly reviews these criteria.”

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