Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Large Exit Packages for V-Cs Are 'Particularly Concerning'

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Large Exit Packages for V-Cs Are 'Particularly Concerning'

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Big pay-offs for Salford's Martin Hall and Glyndwr's Michael Scott revealed. Chris Havergal writes

How much does the sudden exit of a vice-chancellor cost? The answer, according to latest university accounts, can run well into five or even six figures.

Consider the University of Salford, the scene of Martin Hall's sudden departure in December 2014. Having relinquished line management duties with immediate effect that month, Professor Hall went on sabbatical at the start of January 2015 and eventually retired in June of that year.

Salford's recently published accounts for 2014-15 confirm that Professor Hall's basic salary totalled £213,000, just £1,000 shy of his 2013-14 earnings.

In addition, Professor Hall was paid £110,000 in "compensation for loss of office", including having "legal fees" paid on his behalf.

As was reported at the time, Professor Hall's departure was announced just four months after the appointment of a new chair of council at Salford, Baroness Hughes of Stretford, and ended a turbulent tenure that included 13 rounds of job cuts in two years and the sacking of a deputy vice-chancellor for alleged gross misconduct.

The accounts also reveal that Salford spent £30,000 covering Professor Hall's "relocation costs" for his return to his native South Africa. Once benefits in kind and pension contributions were added, Professor Hall's total emoluments in 2014-15 came to £394,000 - an increase of £142,000, or 56.3 per cent, on the previous year - while his successor Helen Marshall was simultaneously paid £119,000 as interim and then permanent vice-chancellor.

Another departing vice-chancellor was Michael Scott, who took leave of absence from Glyndwr University "to pursue research and other academic activities" in January 2015 and eventually stepped down at the end of March that year. …

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