University boss paid £282,000
BRISTOL University has denied reports that the salary of its vice-chancellor increased by 10 per cent last year.
The Times Higher Education magazine reported that Eric Thomas received a pay rise of £28,000 to £282,000. The magazine said the salaries of heads at the UK's top universities rose by more than £10,000 on average in the last academic year, prompting criticism from the University and College Union.
But a spokesman for Bristol University said Mr Thomas had actually turned down a pay rise this year, and had his 2009 pay rise delayed until 2011/12.
Spokesman David said the apparent rise in Mr Thomas' salary was due to a pension technicality.
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He said: "The vice-chancellor had reached his pension scheme lifetime allowance so it meant he couldn't make that salary sacrifice into his pension anymore. This meant it looked like his salary had gone up.
"The vice-chancellor's salary is set by the university's governing body and he was awarded an increase in 2009, which he didn't accept until 2012 and has also decided not to take one for 2012/13."
Professor Steve West, vice-chancellor of the University of the West of England, has seen his salary, including pension, drop from £264,661 last year to £262,198 this year.