THE Vice Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield has seen his salary rise to almost £300,000 a year.

Prof Bob Cryan earned £292,000 last year, up from £247,000 the year before. And with pension contributions of £45,000, his total package of £337,000 was up nearly 20% on the £287,000 in 2014.

Another seven members of the university’s management staff received more than £100,000, with one earning more than £150,000, and their combined salary bill was just under £1m. Critics say many members of staff at the university have seen their salaries rise by just 1% last year, and by less than 10% over the last seven years.

But a university spokesman said: “Prof Cryan’s salary is reviewed each year by the Governing Council of the University.

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“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 £150m and which contributes approximately £300m 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.”

A report last year said UK vice-chancellors earn £260,000 on average.

Vice Chancellor Professor Bob Cryan

The report, released by the University and College Union, said the highest paid university chief in the UK, Prof Neil Gorman, the outgoing vice chancellor of Nottingham Trent University, received a £623,000 salary and benefits package in 2013/14. Nottingham Trent said the figure included benefits accrued over a five-year period.

Other top earners according to the report included Prof Malcolm Gillies, of the London Metropolitan University who got £453,000, and Prof Andrew Hamilton, of the University of Oxford with £442,000.

Prof Cryan is one of the highest earners in Kirklees.

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Others include Kirklees Council chief executive Adrian Lythgo, who is paid in the salary band £155,000 to £159,999. This includes his duties as chief executive and being returning officer for the District, Parliamentary and European elections.

And more than 20 health staff and consultants in Huddersfield and Calderdale were paid over £150,000, with Owen Williams, chief executive of the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, earning £189,255, according to figures obtained by the Taxpayers’ Alliance.