University of Liverpool Vice Chancellor earns more than the Prime Minister

University leaders under fire after upping their salaries while their staff face harsh pay cuts

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  • Liverpool Uni heads have been raising their salary whilst cutting staff’s pay
  • VC Sir Howard Newby had a pay rise of 9.8% between 2011/12 and 2012/13 which means he is on £360,000 a year – which is even more than D-Cam
  • Other Liverpool heads have also seen a significant rise in pay

UoL: home to fat cat VC Sir Howard Newby

The University and College Union (UCU) has published a list of the nation’s most cash-stacked uni leaders as staff arrange more strikes and walk-outs in fights over pay.

Here’s the low down on salary rises between 11/12 and 13/14:

University of Liverpool Sir Howard Newby £328k – £360k 9.8%

Liverpool JMU Prof. Nigel Weatherill £187k – £221k 18.2%

Edge Hill University Dr John Cater £239k – £270k 13.0%

Liverpool Hope University Prof. Gerald Pillay £228k – £232k 1.8%

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Prof Janet Hemingway £202k – £216k 6.9%

LIPA Mark Featherstone-Witty £126k – £127k 0.8%

JMU VC Nigel Weatherill. Will he splash his cash on a new hairdo?
Picture: LJMU

And the JMU Vice Chancellor’s pay cheque has risen by 34k which is more than some Liverpool staff’s annual salary.

A University of Liverpool spokeswoman said:

“Vice-chancellors’ remuneration packages reflect what it takes to attract, retain and reward individuals of sufficient calibre, experience and talent in an increasingly competitive sector.”

UoL VC Sir Howard Newby “lolling” at his new salary

However UCU official Martyn Moss slammed the rises saying:

“Far too many vice-chancellors are happy to line their own pockets while driving down staff pay.”

The pay rises are said to reflect “exceptional expertise” with a spokeswoman for Edge Hill claiming that, due to Dr. Cater’s leadership, the university had risen up national league tables by over forty places.

University staff refused to accept a 1% pay offer, as the unions claimed that accepting it would be acknowledging a real terms 13% pay cut since 2009 – and this has prompted the current pay dispute.

The Sydney Jones is expecting more fiesty strike action following the news

Mr Featherstone-Witty, one of the people behind the founding of LIPA, said: “Staff know that my annual salary increase and those of all others who are on spot salaries match theirs exactly. No more, no less.”

JMU were unavailable for comment.

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