Lecturers across Hampshire walk out over pay row

Southampton vice-chancellor Don Nutbeam

Winchester University’s vice-chancellor Joy Carter

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DISRUPTION is being anticipated at university campuses across Hampshire today as lecturers stage a walkout in an ongoing row over pay.

UCU members will be walking out in the first of three two-hour stoppages being held over the next few weeks.

This latest action follows two days of strikes last year and has escalated following the disclosure of how much university bosses are being paid while staff were being offered a 1 per cent rise.

University of Southampton vice-chancellor Don Nutbeam recently received a 6 per cent rise, taking his pay up to £294,000, while Winchester University’s vice-chancellor Joy Carter received a 12.6 per cent rise, amounting to a £28,000 increase.

Dr Eric Silverman, Southampton UCU president, said: “The current situation at the University of Southampton beggars belief. The vice-chancellor is one of the best-paid university bosses in the UK, yet he says he won’t support a pay rise for staff.

“Our salary bill has been bloated by the hiring of yet more high-level managers, while staff who actually do the lecturing, research and administrative work that supports and enables students are expected to take another pay cut.”

A University of Southampton spokesperson said: “The vice-chancellor was paid £294,000 in 2012/13 which is in line with other Russell Group vice-chancellors and verified through thorough benchmarking. His base pay has increased once since his appointment to the role in 2008.

“The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with over 23,000 students and 5,000 members of staff. It is appropriate that the vice-chancellor of such a large, complex, international institution should be competitively remunerated.”

The university will remain open during the strike between 11am and 1pm.

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12:08pm Thu 23 Jan 14

bluecougar says...

Would like to know how much lecturers get paid, we know what the Vice-Chancellor gets so how about the lecturers?
Would like to know how much lecturers get paid, we know what the Vice-Chancellor gets so how about the lecturers? bluecougar
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2:41pm Thu 23 Jan 14

George4th says...

That thought was in my mind when I came across your comment - you beat me to it!

How in the world do they manage to justify their salaries?!

University staff are a Molly Coddled, overly paid group with very High Salaries, short hours, Wonderful Pensions and Benefit Packages to die for!

So yes, let's start publishing the salaries and benefits of ALL Public Sector Groups! Let's see what our taxes are being spent on!

Once upon a time it didn't matter because the country could afford it but that has changed massively since WW2!!!
That thought was in my mind when I came across your comment - you beat me to it! How in the world do they manage to justify their salaries?! University staff are a Molly Coddled, overly paid group with very High Salaries, short hours, Wonderful Pensions and Benefit Packages to die for! So yes, let's start publishing the salaries and benefits of ALL Public Sector Groups! Let's see what our taxes are being spent on! Once upon a time it didn't matter because the country could afford it but that has changed massively since WW2!!! George4th
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12:15pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Niel says...

Starting pay for lecturers is ~£30k FTE. However a large number are on 'part-time' contracts, 4/10's commonly. This is with 5-10 years post school education and expenses, to climb the pay scales takes a further time and often working excessive hours, Academic's work a 'notional or nominal' 35 hour week, to get on they often have to double that.

As for the pension, like most it's not worth as much now, the national scheme is in deep trouble, so like many the 'final years' element is either reduced or removed, new joiners won't get it at all. Benefit's as being told at short notice you have to get vaccinated as your flying to Singapore next week for a month, to work 80 Hour 7 day weeks really are quite nice...

Of course the fact University staff's were ~30% behind their 'industrial' comparators to start with at the beginning of the century, and have fallen ~13% further since 2008 and the imposition of the 1% pay rises compared to the cost of living, except for VC's and the highest level's of management, doesn't get mentioned.

No I'm not an Academic.
Starting pay for lecturers is ~£30k FTE. However a large number are on 'part-time' contracts, 4/10's commonly. This is with 5-10 years post school education and expenses, to climb the pay scales takes a further time and often working excessive hours, Academic's work a 'notional or nominal' 35 hour week, to get on they often have to double that. As for the pension, like most it's not worth as much now, the national scheme is in deep trouble, so like many the 'final years' element is either reduced or removed, new joiners won't get it at all. Benefit's as being told at short notice you have to get vaccinated as your flying to Singapore next week for a month, to work 80 Hour 7 day weeks really are quite nice... Of course the fact University staff's were ~30% behind their 'industrial' comparators to start with at the beginning of the century, and have fallen ~13% further since 2008 and the imposition of the 1% pay rises compared to the cost of living, except for VC's and the highest level's of management, doesn't get mentioned. No I'm not an Academic. Niel
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