The UK’s highest-paid vice chancellor of a university has resigned after accusations she was overpaid.
Dame Prof Glynis Breakwell, who was vice chancellor of the University of Bath, had recently became the target of sharp criticism among university leaders for her £468,000 salary.
Lecturers had complained that her pay had risen much more rapidly than the salaries of other university staff members.
Former Education Minister Lord Adonis had called her pay ‘shameless and outrageous’.
Dame Glynis announced that she would step down at the end of the summer term 2018. She will reportedly not receive any payment as part of her resignation.
VC Prof Dame Glynis Breakwell, has decided to retire at the end of the academic year on 31 Aug 2018, then take a sabbatical to further her academic research for a semester. This timeframe will enable an orderly transition as Uni starts search for a new VC https://t.co/0y7zlRKiaB
— University of Bath (@UniofBath) November 28, 2017
In a statement, Dame Glynis said: ‘I will be standing down as Vice Chancellor on 31 August 2018. On that day, I will have been in post 17 years, which is one third of the lifetime of the University.
‘During that time, I have served the University to the best of my ability and will continue toi do so until the day I leave office. Since 2001 the University has changed dramatically.
‘It has almost tripled in size and is now among the top universities in the UK. It has had many great achievements in its first 51 years and it will go on to be even greater.
‘Over the next few months, I hope to have occasions to thank the many friends and colleagues who have made this possible during my time here.’
Dame Glynis had last weeks narrowly survived a motion of no confidence in the university senate. However, more than 300 staff members called for her to resign, as did students.
Her pay was thrown into sharper focus after tuition fees in England were raised to £9,250. Many argued that universities were spending too much on their senior staff.
Dr Michael Carley, president of the UCU lecturers’ union at Bath, said: ‘She is paid too much. Nobody needs that kind of money.’