Vice-Chancellors have already earned a year’s tuition fees in the first 9 days of 2019
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Widespread criticism of university vice-chancellors' pay led to the introduction of new frameworks where universities have to justify excessive pay packages. The new rules were introduced in September 2018, after it emerged that vice-chancellors sat in committee meetings which decided their pay. However, Times Higher Education figures released in December 2018 show that Russell Group vice-chancellors' salaries have actually increased since then. The average salary for a Russell Group vice-chancellor was just over £355,000. This marks a 1.8% increase since 2017, on top of a 3.9% increase on the previous year. Keith Burnett at the University of Sheffield was the highest paid Russell Group vice-chancellor in 2018, earning £448,519. University of Birmingham's David Eastwood came second with £444,000, followed by Christopher Snowden at the University of Southampton with a salary of £427,000. Those pushing for the 2018 guidelines included universities minister Jo Johnson, who called on universities to limit the pay of senior management roles over a year ago, former Labour cabinet minister Andrew Adonis, and The University of Buckingham vice-chancellor Anthony Seldon. Mr Seldon told The Guardian: “at a time when staff salaries were barely increasing it was not good to let vice-chancellor and top salaries increase so much and without a clear explanation as to why.”
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