Tory MP quits role at Bath University in protest over its vice-chancellor’s ‘eye-watering’ £451,000 salary

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A FORMER Tory minister has quit a role at Bath University in protest over the “eye-watering” pay of its vice-chancellor, recently revealed as the country’s highest paid uni chief.

Andrew Murrison said salaries for university bosses “are looking increasingly like a self-serving cartel”.

Andrew Murrison has quit a role at Bath University over the ‘eye-watering’ pay of its vice-chancellor
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The Sun last month revealed 1,250 vice chancellors and senior staff are paid more than £150,000 a year.

Bath’s Dame Glynis Breakwell pocketed a whopping £451,000 and has been dogged by an expenses scandal for months.

Mr Murrison, a former defence and Northern Ireland minister, has now written to the university to resign as an ex-officio member.

“Universities really need to be asking whether the eye-watering sums some are dispensing to vice-chancellors are really necessary to attract what they represent as talent,” he said.

“As a pack, they are looking increasingly like a self-serving cartel at a time of mounting student debt and wage restraint elsewhere in the public and quasi-public sectors.

“I cannot in all conscience continue to be associated with the governance of Bath University, in however titular a capacity, whilst current practice remains unchallenged.”

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Mr Murrison, a former defence minister, has now written to Bath university to resign as an ex-officio member
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The South West Wiltshire MP has also expressed concerns over pay to the vice-chancellor of Bristol University, where Mr Murrison is an associated ex-officio member.

Lord Adonis, an education minister under the last Labour government, has previously said Prof Breakwell’s salary was setting an example of “greed” to her staff.

Bath Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell
Bath Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell pockets a mammoth £451,000 from the University
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In October it emerged Dame Breakwell claimed £20,000-worth of expenses in 12 months – including £2 for biscuits – despite living for free in a grand Georgian flat in the picture-book City.

The claim also covered a vaccum cleaner, steam mop and her energy bills.

University chiefs took home salary packages worth more than £250,000 on average last year, according to the University and College Union.

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