University of Bath: HEFCE to Investigate Governance & Senior Management Pay
The regulator for Higher Education in England has announced that it "is making enquiries of the University of Bath...about governance practice in relation to the remuneration of senior staff." Investigation by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) follows a formal complaint by the former Labour Education Minister Lord Adonis who, last month, issued what has been described as "a scathing attack on [the] 'greed' of Bath University Vice Chancellor Dame Glynis Breakwell".
HEFCE's intervention has also been reported in the press: http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/news/bath-news/something-gone-very-wrong-probe-260701
Local politicians have responded with condemnation. Wera Hobhouse, Liberal Democrat MP for Bath, reacted to the HEFCE complaint by saying that "the university has brought itself into disrepute, which reflects badly on our whole city" and that the Vice Chancellor's salary is "morally indefensible". B&NES Councillor Joe Rayment (Labour) blamed the "Vice-Chancellor's outrageous pay and perks" on "governance that is rotten to the core”.
The unions at the University of Bath have long sought to address staff and student grievances about the failures of the governing body to tackle pay inequality and excessive senior management pay rises. They have said that they remain committed to arguing for and helping to create a university that is fair, open and democratic, and in which the collective voices of staff and students are listened to and respected.
Trade Unions & Student Union branches at the University of Bath:
University of Bath UCU - University and College Union
UNISON at the University of Bath
Unite the union, University of Bath
The SU University of Bath