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Controversial Pay Rise for Vice-Chancellor

Graham Galbraith, vice-chancellor of the University of Portsmouth has received a 20 per cent pay rise, which has been met with mixed reactions.

A report released  by the University and College Union revealed that the vice-chancellor’s salary jumped from £217,909 to £271,558, making him one of 18 vice-chancellors whose salary has increased more than ten per cent.

The UCU has criticised the pay rise citing the recent national pay dispute that saw staff take industrial action to force a two per cent pay deal as the reason for their doubts.

Moray McAulay, the UCU’s regional official, said: “Many staff and students will be amazed at the size of the vice-chancellor’s pay increase, especially as it came at a time when staff were having to take strike action just to secure a two per cent pay rise.

“The university should have to explain such a massive pay rise and it is unacceptable that it is refusing to release minutes of the shadowy remuneration committee that sets the boss’s pay.

“The time has come for proper transparency of senior pay in universities.”

A University of Portsmouth spokeswoman told The Portsmouth News: “The increase to the remuneration for the post of vice-chancellor brings it into line with other similar institutions. It reflects the recruitment and appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor in September 2013 and includes employer’s pension contribution.

“The salary reflects his responsibility in managing a successful international institution with a turnover that has grown to over £217m, and has more than 21,000 students and 2,500 staff.”


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