Glyndwr University Job Losses
Vice-chancellor of troubled uni paid £300k despite job losses and financial worries
Figures show Glyndwr University gave its former leader Professor Michael Scott a 33% pay rise in 2014-15 prior to his departure from the institution.
A troubled university has been criticised for paying its vice-chancellor more than £300,000 at a time when it was battling serious financial issues and scores of staff were losing their jobs.
A report into vice-chancellors’ pay and perks found that Glyndwr University gave its former leader Professor Michael Scott a 33% pay rise in 2014-15, prior to his departure from the institution.
According to a study by the University and College Union (UCU), Prof Scott’s total emoluments rose to £301,548 last year – the highest in Wales – from £227,090 in 2013-14.
Glyndwr has faced a number of problems in recent years and a controversial operational and academic restructure saw the loss of 60 jobs .
The university had a £4m deficit in 2013-14 and Prof Scott survived calls for him to step down after a row over redundancies. He left the institution in January 2015.
‘Urgent need for a review of governance in our universities’
Lisa Edwards, policy officer for UCU Wales, said: “The staggering pay package taken by the ex-vice-chancellor of Glyndwr University clearly demonstrates the urgent need for a review of governance in our universities.
“What makes this report even more shocking is the fact the pay rise was awarded at the same time the university was facing serious financial difficulties and calling for more than 60 staff redundancies .
“In this time of tight budgets, it is vital that money is spent wisely for the benefit of students and not for the benefit of a few individuals.
“With new leadership in place at Glyndwr, we are hopeful that it signals an end to the mismanagement of funds in this institution.”