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2018年3月 9日 (金)

week of controversy about excessive

Sussex University head paid £230,000 'golden handshake' - report
The vice-chancellor of Sussex University is reported to have received a £230,000 “golden handshake” when he left the institution in August last year, the latest revelation in a week of controversy about excessive payoffs and rising salaries for higher education chiefs.
Michael Farthing, who was head of the university for nine years, was received the payout “in lieu of notice” upon his departure, according to Times Higher Education. His salary was not disclosed, but Adam Ticknell, his successor was paid £293,000, a fee that included £17,000 to relocate from Birmingham and £9,000 for his pension. The research-based institution paid £545,000 to two senior staff members this year.
Spiralling pay for top university officials is currently in the spotlight at at time when pay for teaching staff had flatlined or increased only modestly. Students meantime continue to pay £9,000 fees plus interest payments, and anger has led to greater scrutiny on the sector.
It was reported this week that Bath Spa University paid Christina Slade £808,000 in her final year as vice-chancellor before she was appointed emeritus professor in what is thought to be the highest payment made in the sector to date.
She was paid a salary of £250,000, plus £429,000 as “compensation for loss of office”, £89,000 in pension contributions, a housing allowance of £20,000 and £20,000 for “other benefits in kind”.
Dame Glynis Breakwell, the vice-chancellor of nearby Bath University, stepped down last week after an outcry over her £468,000 pay package, Southampton University was forced to defend paying its vice-chancellor £423,000, and academics at Birmingham University protested against the £2.9m paid its vice-chancellor, Sir David Eastwood.
More than 160 academics signed an open letter about Eastwood’s pay that read: “This is on top of the highly desirable university-funded residence provided for him on campus, and his university-funded chauffeur-driven car.”
The row at Southampton was aggravated by the revelation that its vice-chancellor, Sir Christopher Snowden, sat on the renumeration committee that approves pay packages.
“Vice-chancellors must be removed from the committees setting their pay and signing off their perks,” said Sally Hunt, the general secretary of the University and College Union, in comments made to the Times.
“They must publish full minutes of those meeting and staff and students must be given a seat at those tables to properly scrutinise these deals.
“With further excessive pay revelations likely to follow, it is time universities stopped simply trying to defend the system and accept there must be radical change.”
Andrew Adonis, the former Labour education minister who has campaigned on the issue, has described remuneration at Sussex as a scandal.
In the House of Lords, where he sits as a non-affiliated peer, he said: “Our universities are wracked by controversy over sky-high student fees and debts, run by vice-chancellors who have become latter day prince bishops paid up to £500,000 a year, and likening themselves to [Diego] Maradona and Richard Branson.
“There should now be an independent inquiry and a salary and pay-off cap of no more than £200,000,” he said.
Sussex University defended the arrangement and said it was transparent about staff pay.
“The university’s approach to senior staff remuneration continues to be open and transparent, and we take our governance responsibilities and sector compliance requirements very seriously,” said a spokesperson.
“In the case of our former vice-chancellor, we met our contractual obligations to him and this has been clearly published in our annual financial accounts.”
The universities minister, Jo Johnson, has promised “greater restraint in setting top salaries.” He said excessive pay for university heads would be brought under control by new regulations next year.
He said he was “absolutely convinced” that a new regulator, the Office for Students, will deal with pay concerns.

2018年1月 8日 (月)

Archbishop criticises grammar schools

Archbishop criticises grammar schools Image copyright PA Image caption Justin Welby says governments should not look to the past to improve education
The Archbishop of Canterbury has criticised grammar schools as "contrary to the notion of the common good".
Speaking in the House of Lords, the Most Rev Justin Welby called for education to focus on "drawing the best out of every person", rather than a selective approach.
He said governments should not look to the past and "waste our time rummaging there for the solutions of tomorrow."
Some Tory MPs said grammar schools offer "invaluable opportunities".
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Mr Welby led a debate on education, saying the country was now in a "fourth digital revolution" and schools had one of the "greatest challenges" in tackling the "seismic shift" when it comes to preparing children for the future.
However, he said "children of privilege continue to inherit privilege" and the system was not acting in a way to help everyone.
"The academic selective approach to education, one which prioritises separation as a necessary precondition for the nurture of excellence, makes a statement about the purpose of education that is contrary to the notion of the common good," said Mr Welby.
"An approach that neglects those of lesser ability or because of a misguided notion of levelling out does not give the fullest opportunity to those of highest ability or does not enable all to develop a sense of community and mutuality."
'Social mobility'
Mr Welby's comments have been denounced by some MPs who back the schools.
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Conservative Andrew Bridgen told the Daily Mail: "[Mr Welby] is obviously entitled to his own views, but the evidence is that grammar schools are a great way for under-privileged children to escape poverty.
"It is well known that they provide social mobility for the under-privileged."
Fellow Conservative MP Conor Burns also told the newspaper: "Many grammar school provide invaluable opportunities for children from both poor and rich backgrounds, and give them the opportunities they may not otherwise have."
Selective ban
In 2016, Theresa May outlined plans to introduce a "new generation" of grammar schools by 2020, removing the ban introduced by Labour in 1997.
However, after the general election in June - and without a majority in Parliament - the government scrapped the plans, saying instead they would "look at all options" for opening new schools, without removing the ban.

 

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