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Wednesday 15th
posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

A FAT-CAT university boss is pocketing a £350,000 pay package while up to 75 of the institution’s lecturers face the axe.

More than 100 senior bosses at the University of Southampton receive six-figure pay packages while carrying through plans to slash jobs across six departments in a “restructuring” process described by the University and College Union (UCU) as “rushed and dangerous.”

The first sackings are expected to be announced just before Christmas.

UCU said spending on staff wages has dropped from 60 per cent of the university’s income to 53 per cent in the last decade.

At the same time, senior salaries have ballooned, with vice-chancellor Sir Christopher Snowden’s pay and benefits package soaring to £352,000 and the number of staff being paid more than £100,000 rising to 137.

UCU members at the university are meeting today to discuss the plans and their response to them.

The union’s regional official Moray McAulay said: “These plans look rushed and dangerous. You cannot deliver world-leading education by cutting staff.

“Students cite lecturers as the key factor when it comes to teaching excellence, so the university is unlikely to improve its teaching ranking by cutting staff.”

UCU said “nothing has been ruled out” in response to the plans.

In a statement, the university said its plans, outlined Monday, were “not redundancies” but that the job cuts would be “achieved” by a voluntary severance scheme.