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Bath University Vice-Chancellor Receives Two Pay Rises in a Year

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The former education minister Andrew Adonis has called for the vice-chancellor of Bath University to resign after it was uncovered she received a second pay rise within the year.

Glynis Breakwell was awarded a further increase of £17,500 in 2016-17 by the university's remuneration committee, which she sits on. The latest rise takes her total pay package from £451,000 to more than £468,000.

Breakwell is the UK's highest paid vice-chancellors and her wages and conditions have been under the spotlight following a string of revelations, including the purchase of an expensive residence in Bath.

A freedom of information request found that Breakwell's pay increased by 1.1%, inline with the national pay award for university staff and a further 2.8% by the remuneration committee. This has further widened the gap between the vice chancellor's income and Bath's lowest paid workers.

Lord Adonis, a Labour peer, said the revelation of Breakwell's additional pay increase was a "disgrace".

He added, "She has got to resign now. Her behaviour is outrageous, and Bath University needs new, untainted leadership."

Lord Adonis has laid a complaint with the Higher Education Funding Council of England over the governance of Bath and called for an investigation into allegations that the university overrode internal objections to Breakwell's pay level.

NB: When first published (20th November 2017 at 8:59am) this article stated the second pay rise was within the academic year.