Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Southampton Solent Settles over Pay Dispute

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Southampton Solent Settles over Pay Dispute

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Southampton Solent University has settled out of court with a part-time lecturer who brought an employment tribunal case claiming that he was paid a lower rate of pay than full-time colleagues in comparable roles.

Jon Sanders, a film-maker and associate lecturer at the institution, said he suffered less favourable treatment as a consequence of his part-time status at the institution.

Southampton Employment Tribunal ruled in February that the academic had grounds to take a case forward after deciding that he was engaged in similar work to full-time colleagues identified as comparators.

A hearing to determine liability in the case had been set to take place this week, but Times Higher Education understands that it has now been settled out of court. Neither Mr Sanders nor the university would comment on details of the settlement.

Southampton Solent employed 315 part-time academic staff compared with 440 full-time staff in 2012-13, according to Higher Education Statistics Agency data.

A spokeswoman for the institution said: "Southampton Solent University is committed to equal pay for its employees. …

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