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Bath University’s vice-chancellor Steps Down Amid Pay Controversy

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The vice-chancellor of Bath University is stepping down amid criticism of her pay package worth £468,000.

As the UK's highest paid vice-chancellor, Glynis Breakwell had been the focus of criticism regarding excessive pay.

Lecturers had complained her pay had risen much more rapidly than salaries of university staff and it was revealed that Breakwell sat on the remuneration committee that had helped to dramatically increase her pay package since 2011.

Professor Breakwell will step down at the end of this academic year on 31 August 2018, taking a sabbatical to further her academic research before finally retiring in 2019.

She said: "I will be standing down as Vice Chancellor on 31 August 2018. On that day, I will have been in post 17 years which is one third of the lifetime of the University. During that time, I have served the University to the best of my ability and will continue to do so until the day I leave office. Since 2001 the University has changed dramatically.

"It has almost tripled in size and is now among the top universities in the UK. It has had many great achievements in its first 51 years and it will go on to be even greater. Over the next few months, I hope to have occasions to thank the many friends and colleagues who have made this possible during my time here."

Despite stepping down, union leaders at Bath have expressed their anger at the decision to award her full pay between when she stands down at the end of August 2018, and her retiring in February 2019.

Breakwell's resignation comes just days before the university's next council meeting, with staff and students planning to hold demonstrations the same day.