SOUTHAMPTON University boss Sir Christopher Snowden was paid an incredible £433,000 last year while plotting to sack 75 academics.
Accounts released recently showed that the vice-chancellor was awarded the huge sum for 2016-17, £81,000 more than for the 10 months he worked the year before.
Although year-on-year comparisons are difficult due to the change in leadership in 2015-16, this represents a 30 per cent rise in the vice-chancellor’s remuneration package since 2014-15, when Professor Don Nutbeam took home £332,000.
Lecturers’ union UCU said it demonstrated once again how out of touch university vice-chancellors are and called for changes to the way senior pay is decided.
Southampton has already come under fire from UCU for being one of the least transparent universities in the country.
It is one of only two universities that has refused to answer freedom of information requests from the union on the vice-chancellor’s pay and perks.
UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: “Professor Snowden was already one of the best-paid vice-chancellors in the UK, on a salary that had been publicly questioned by the universities minister.
“To accept this kind of pay rise while saying he must axe 75 academic jobs because money is tight beggars belief, as does the fact that he has also recently advertised for an executive chauffeur.
“Following a summer of damaging headlines about the abuse of pay and perks by senior staff in universities, it is almost as if vice-chancellors are engaged in some offensive game to see who can shock the most.”