UCU Annual Conference



Steve Lui (Huddersfield UCU) Proposes to Limit VC Pay and Increase Transparency

HE14  Composite: Campaigning on vice chancellors (VC) and senior managements (SMT) pay – Yorkshire and Humberside regional HE committee, Southern regional HE committee

Conference notes that at a time where academic staff have suffered pay cuts, and are asked to do more and more by their institutions, VC and SMT are enjoying bonanza pay rises which far exceed those of the majority of academic staff. This is divisive and should be reversed.

Conference commends Bath University UCU, and the other recognised trade unions at the university, for their long and exemplary campaign for greater transparency over senior pay at the University of Bath. Subsequent to the publication of the Higher Education Funding Council of England (Hefce) report into governance at Bath, the University Court demanded (requested) the ‘immediate resignation and departure of the Vice Chancellor, Chair of Council and the Remuneration Committee’, in whom Court expressed no confidence.

Conference believes:

  1. VCs should not be on remuneration committees
  2. UCU and other recognised staff unions and NUS student representatives should be on the remuneration committees to promote transparency.

Conference calls on HEC to:

  1. commend the Bath University UCU campaign strategy to branches
  2. reject CUC proposals for a framework that ensures fair, appropriate and ‘justifiable’ pay for senior managers as insufficient
  3. extend the FoI requests to publish all Senior Managers pay, not just that of VCs
  4. campaign nationally for greater transparency around remuneration decisions
  5. campaign for a public register of vicechancellorspay and perks
  6. campaign for all VC and SMT pay to be pegged to the average wage in the institution, and for it to be, at a maximum, 10 times the lowest paid contracts within the institution.

Conference demands fair pay and a pay cut to all VCs and SMTs.



UCU Reports Pay Rises For Uni Heads

cash1-300pxUniversity Heads Average Salary £277834 (Up 2%)

University heads received an average salary package of £277,834 for the academic year 2015/16 – an increase of 2% on the previous year and 6.5 times the average pay of their staff, according to a UCU report released today. During the same period, staff received a pay increase of just 1%.

  • Fifty-four vice-chancellors took home more than £300,000
  • Eleven VCs were paid more than £400,000
  • Vice-chancellors spent an average of £7,762 on flights. Two-thirds of flights (65%) were taken in business or first class in 2015/16. Twenty-two vice-chancellors flew exclusively in first class or business class
  • Vice-chancellors spent an average of £2,982 on hotels in 2015/16
  • A third of universities (35%) said that they provided accommodation for their vice-chancellor
  • The average expenses bill was £1,150
  • Eight (5%) universities did not respond to the union’s FOI request and five (3%) used exemptions to refuse to answer all questions
  • Only a quarter (40 out of 159) provided unredacted minutes from their most recent remuneration committee meeting – where the pay of the vice-chancellor is decided

Read the news article here

Find the stats for individual institutions here

Strike And Pop-up University

Cake-800px.pngUCU Strike Action 5th July, Free University Event and Cake!

University of Huddersfield colleagues will be offering short sessions and there will be CAKES. Click here for publicity posters.

Book your place for the free event here!

(programme and timings may be subject to changes)

10.00-10.15: Welcome to Free University/Paul Ward presents History of the Megaphone

10.15-10.30: PA Tremblay play and discuss music piece as research

10.30-10.45: Brendan Canavan on Branding

10.45-11.00: Judith Kidder quiz

11.00-12.00: Karen Shah and Claire Evans – Design Activism for Social Change. A practical hands-on session to make a piece of picket line paraphernalia with your own message.

12.00-12.30 University of the Future/ Co-production of research with community groups by Jo Dyrlaga, Amerdeep Panesar, Joe Hopkinson, Liz Pente and Shabina Aslam.

We may head back to help out at the picket line at the end of the programme.

Please book to join us and we will send you more details as soon as possible. All student and staff are welcome to join in on the day – the event booking is simply to get an idea about numbers.

Find out more about why we are taking action and what the dispute is about at: https://huducu.wordpress.com/category/pay/

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 from 10:00 to 12:30
Lawrence Batley Theatre (LBT) Huddersfield – Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP

Here’s Why We’re Striking


The value of our pay has declined. Salaries are worth 14.5% less when compared to inflation since 2009.

Shameful pay inequality. The gender pay gap in 2013/14 was 12.6% – a difference of £6,103.

The scandal of casualization. According to HESA there are 75,000 staff on highly casualised ‘atypical’ academic contracts.

Significant increases in vice-chancellor and principals’ pay. Twenty six VCs enjoyed a pay increase in 2014/15 of more than 10%. The largest increase was 57%. We are being offered 1.1%.

Click here if you have a question about the strike



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Why Is This Strike Important To You ?



This action has to be effective in order to secure a better pay deal for all staff in HE.

For that to happen requires a concerted effort from ALL members.

So what does that mean for YOU?


1.    Go on strike on the 25th and 26th of May

2.    Prepare to work to contract from the 25th

3.    Prepare to resign your external examiner role

4.    Attend the rally in Leeds from 12 on the 25th

Click here to answer your questions regarding the strike