There have been a range of high-profile cases regarding vice-chancellor pay at many Universities across the United Kingdom. However, recent figures have shown that vice-chancellor pay in Wales is in many cases lower than other parts of the United Kingdom. However, concern has been raised regarding the amount of staff that are receiving a remuneration of £100,000 or more. Welsh University’s welcome hundreds of thousands of students year-on-year.
There has been considerable criticism directed at vice-chancellors who have been receiving extortionate amounts in recent years. The most high profile case was at the University of Bath, where the vice-chancellor was being paid over £400,000 per year. Similar cases were reported at Southampton and Sussex. Our investigation into library fines at UK institutions uncovered yet more extortionate spending – with over £2M spent on library fines during the 2016-17 academic year.
Cardiff University pay their vice-chancellor £294,000 including benefits – substantially lower than the above cases. Aberystwyth pay £254,000, with Swansea University at £251,000. Yet at Cardiff University, there are 128 members of staff who are being paid above £100,000. Conversely, at Aberystwyth, there are just 5 members of staff being paid above £100,000. Finally, Swansea has 33 members of staff being paid above the amount. As you can see, there is a wide range across these institutions.
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While these amounts may seem large, they do largely pale in comparison to figures seen at English Universities. Given the recent controversies surrounding pay, it is likely that these figures could soon change. With Wales generally offering a lower cost of living too than England, it seems as good a time as any to be a student in Wales!