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Wage bill for university managers soars by a third

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ANDREW DENHOLM EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT EXCLUSIVE

3 Oct 2011 The Herald

THE salary bill for senior management teams running Scottish universities has soared by a third in five years, new figures show.

A submission to a review of the governance of Scottish higher education reveals total senior management salaries rose from £12 million in 2005 to £16m last year.

Lecturers’ union UCU Scotland, which compiled the figures, said management costs were out of control at a time when academic staff faced pay freezes and job cuts, and institutions were cutting courses as they attempt to balance the books.

A UCU Scotland spokesman said: “As the executive has taken over the running of institutions, management teams have grown in size and pay.

I believe they've learned from the FE Sector which followed a similar path when they were removed from control of the local authorities. What followed next was a removal of most community reps from the college boards and the hand over to business interests who well understood the benefits of attacking the workforce particularly the union reps and increasing senior management pay. It did have an effect on the curriculum and courses were set up on the basis of funding possibly being available and having little regard for the communities they were based in.

Over the last twelve months Glasgow's two leading Universities have cut courses.

One has to remember that these are not actually businesses they all have charitable status which benefits each institution financially.

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I believe they've learned from the FE Sector which followed a similar path when they were removed from control of the local authorities. What followed next was a removal of most community reps from the college boards and the hand over to business interests who well understood the benefits of attacking the workforce particularly the union reps and increasing senior management pay. It did have an effect on the curriculum and courses were set up on the basis of funding possibly being available and having little regard for the communities they were based in.

Over the last twelve months Glasgow's two leading Universities have cut courses.

One has to remember that these are not actually businesses they all have charitable status which benefits each institution financially.

Universities need to develop other income streams and that includes developing IP and Patents that can be sold, licensed or spun out, that requires business acumen, sadly lacking in most academia

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Universities need to develop other income streams and that includes developing IP and Patents that can be sold, licensed or spun out, that requires business acumen, sadly lacking in most academia

There does seem to be a lot of money flowing out as well, samsc. Note the recent scandal of the MyCampus system at Glasgow Uni. The new self-enrolment service cost £14 million and proved unworkable. The helplines were inundated with students who could not register and student services had queues out the door.

They had to set up a special one to one help service over the week-end prior to start of semester so lots of overtime paid out and still many students, who could not register, failed to turn up for their initial lectures.

The lecturer's union saw nothing wrong with the old system and have described the new system as 'cumbersome'.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/mobile/news/home-news/enrolment-chaos-for-thousands-at-glasgow-university-1.1125769

You could do an awful lot with £14 million other than have it thrown away by managers being paid a fortune.

I know from my own experience working in academia that some of the big bucks brought into the Unis have been as a result of ideas developed by experienced lecturers. I also know, and have been involved, in many schemes developed by the 'business' managers that do not work, because, they have insufficient understanding of the university environment.

There is some dubiety regarding whether the action taken earlier this year to cut some courses at Glasgow University was, in fact, lawful.

http://www.newsrt.co.uk/news/legal-challenge-to-course-closure-plan-by-university-301747.html

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