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Meeting with Minister about senior pay at universities

13 December 2017

Responding to the statement today from Universities Minister Jo Johnson on senior pay at universities, Universities UK, said: 

"It is right to expect that the process for determining pay for senior university staff is rigorous and transparent. As universities receive funding from taxpayers and through student fees, it is reasonable to expect pay decisions to be fair, accountable and justified.

"In today's meeting with the Universities Minister, we made clear our support for the efforts being made to ensure full transparency and accountability regarding levels of senior staff pay. The Committee for University Chairs (CUC) will publish a fair remuneration code for consultation in January. It is a welcome step that will provide guidance for university remuneration committees, whilst recognising that competitive pay is necessary to attract first rate leaders and academics in a global market for talent."

"Amidst this debate on senior pay, we should not lose sight of the deep, broad and positive impact of universities. From the significant impact universities have on the economy and jobs, to the transformative effect they have on people's lives and local communities."  ​


  1. ​​In an article for the Daily Telegraph this week, Alistair Jarvis highlighted the need to ensure that the process for determining pay for senior staff is rigorous and transparent. At the same time, he argued that, while it is right to focus on senior pay in higher education, it is important not to forget the wider impact universities have across society. The article is available on the Telegraph website

Key Contacts

Jo Hindle

Jo Hindle

Head of Media
Universities UK

Luke Lambert

Luke Lambert

Press and Social Media Officer
Universities UK

Clara Plackett

Clara Plackett

Senior Press and Social Media Officer
Universities UK


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