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Bath Spa university vice-chancellor paid £808k

Bumper: Prof Slade had big pay package

THE vice-chancellor of one of Britain’s smallest universities was paid £808,000 last year, figures reveal.

Prof Christina Slade, 64, earned the bumper package — thought to be the biggest in the country — in 2016-17, her last year in the role she had held since 2012. She was at Bath Spa, which only gained full university status in August 2005 and had just 7,630 students last year.

According to university accounts, Prof Slade earned £429,000 as ‘compensation for loss of office’, on top of a £250,000 salary, £89,000 in pension contributions, a £20,000 housing allowance and £20,000 other benefits.

Her pay outstrips the £468,000 earned by Dame Glynis Breakwell, the University of Bath’s vice-chancellor.

Dame Glynis announced she is retiring in August after her salary provoked an outcry.

Sally Hunt, the general secretary of the University and College Union, said: ‘We are seeing what happens when decisions are taken in secret without proper checks and balances. We need an urgent overhaul of how senior pay and perks are determined.’

Bath Spa stated it had taken legal advice and paid ‘a sum which reflected her contractual and statutory entitlements and was considered to represent value for money’. Prof Slade was not on the remuneration panel.