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Greater transparency needed on senior university staff pay - Archibald

9 March, 2018 - by Caoimhe Archibald


Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has said there is a need for greater transparency on senior university staff pay.

Speaking on a statement today by the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) at Queens University which outlined the refusal of the university to disclose details on senior staff pay, the Party's Further and Higher Education Spokesperson said:

"A more transparent approach, which also looks for justification of higher salaries, is necessary within the higher education system.  This will level the paying field for institutions and is a move towards greater confidence on how funding is used by institutions." 

"The manner in which universities are financed through public funding and student fees demands public accountability from institutions on how those finances are managed.

"A lack of transparency undermines relations between staff and senior management, particularly in the context of the current dispute when staff are facing difficult proposals in relation to their pension.

"There is no doubt that management perform an important and challenging role in their institutions, however the salaries and perks that are afforded by some institutions to those in high level positions cannot be justified.

"Indeed, they are in stark contrast to unstable, short-term contracts of some staff, particularly those in early career stages, and with the debt acquired by the many students availing of the education provided by those institutions." 

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