Trade unionists have hit out at new pay deals for the heads of Britain’s universities.
The University and College Union claim his pay package has risen by 15% over the past 12 months, taking him to £337,000 a year.
It made him the best paid in Yorkshire, while the University of Bradford vice-chancellor Pro Brian Cantor received an inflation-busting 19% pay rise and spends over £20,000 on flights – all in first or business class.
According to a report released today (Thursday) by the UCU, that healthy salary hike took his pay up to £239,000, still some way behind Prof Cryan and Sir Alan Langlands at the University of Leeds who was paid £285,000.
But all are well behind the top earners nationally.
The union claims staff received a 2% pay rise over the same period of time.
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A University of Huddersfield spokesman said: “Prof Cryan’s salary is reviewed each year by the Governing Council of the University. Between 2008 and 2012, Prof Cryan declined the Council’s recommended pay rise due to the drastic changes in the funding in the higher education sector, and even with this year’s adjustment his salary is at least 25% less than that of the highest paid UK vice-chancellor.
“He has been the remarkably effective and inspirational leader of an organisation which has increased its annual turnover to over £150 million and which contributes approximately £300 million to the local economy, as well as being productively involved in regional economic regeneration.
“The University is currently engaged on a £200m programme of investment and yet is a debt-free organisation, one of the most financially secure in the UK’s Higher Education sector.
“With regard to academic and professional support staff – they are on a national pay spine, this means their salaries are not set by the University but by the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) in negotiation with the staff unions.”
UCU regional official, Julie Kelley, said: ‘The time has finally come for a frank and open discussion about pay and transparency in universities. The huge disparities in the levels of pay and pay rises at the top expose the arbitrary nature of senior pay in our universities.”
1 University of Salford - Helen Marshall £516,000 (£252.144)
2 University of Durham - Chris Higgins and Ray Hudson £511,000 (£286,432)
3 University of Oxford - Andrew Hamilton £462,000 (£442,000)
4 King’s College London - Edward Byrne £458,000 (£324,000)
5 London Business School - Sir Andrew Likierman £431,000 (£412,000)
6 Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine -Alice Gast £430,000 (£389000)
7 University of Birmingham - Sir David Eastwood £416,000 (£410,000)
8 Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine - Janet Hemingway £409,000 (£375,000)
9 University of Bath - Glynis M Breakwell £406,000 (£395,000)
10 Birkbeck College - David Latchman £395,000 (£388,000)