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Friday, 28 January, 2000, 12:10 GMT
Anger over academic's pay

lecturer Lecturers feel they are underpaid


University lecturers have reacted angrily after learning that Britain's highest paid academic earns more than 250,000.

A survey showed that John Quelch, Dean of the London Business School, earned 252,000 from public funds in the year ending July 31, 1999 - over a fifth more than his predecessor.

The second highest paid academic was Sir Stewart Sutherland, Vice-chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, whose 12.9% pay rise boosted his salary to 149,000.

The survey, published in the Times Higher Education Supplement, showed that vice-chancellors received an average pay rise of just under 5%, while salaries for other academic staff rose by only 3.5%.


chris Tarrant Appearing on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is one way to top up your pay

It also showed that women vice-chancellors were paid far less than their male counterparts for doing the same job.

The highest paid female vice-chancellor was placed 68th in the pay league table, and earned less than half the salary of the highest paid man.

Monica Hicks, spokeswoman for the Association of University Teachers, compared Professor Quelch's pay rise to winning a fortune on the television quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

The AUT is calling for a 30% pay rise for academics over the next four years.

'Disgruntled and cheesed off'

Ms Hicks said: "To most academics it will seem that one person has hit the big time with Chris Tarrant," she said.

"It is a world away to the one in which they inhabit. Some university teachers will be disgruntled and cheesed off by the news.

"The average salary for a lecturer is only 27,000. This is one person in a thousand.

"An institution is all its people, not just one person. It's crucial that the troops don't feel undervalued."

However, she did add: "As in many areas of the UK economy the people at the top deserve to get a high level of pay if they are highly skilled and do a good job."

Professor Quelch said pay at the London Business School tended to be higher than at other British business schools.

He said: "In the United States, salaries in business and other professional postgraduate schools are higher than in the arts and sciences.

"The same is true at all levels from assistant professors to deans."

Last year, a league table of pay, compiled by the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (Natfhe), showed that on average, male academics were paid 4,307 a year more than women.

The worst pay gap occured at the London Business School (LBS), where men received an average of more than 19,000 a year more than women.

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