GLYNDWR University has defended the salary paid to its vice-chancellor.
Details of Professor Michael Scott’s pay – which was more than £200,000 for the 2012-13 year – have been released in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) Pay Survey.
The figures for Prof Scott include a salary of £201,627 plus benefits of £13,270.
That represented a salary and benefits rise of more than eight per cent on 2011-12, according to the THE figures.
A university spokesman defended the pay package, saying it has actually decreased by 0.18 per cent when pension contributions are taken into account.
It was the lowest paid to any vice-chancellor in Wales, the spokesman said.
The news, less than a month after details emerged that up to 65 jobs could be axed at the university.
A consultation is under way which could see the jobs go as part of an operational and academic reorganisation.
Earlier this month Prof Scott said the process - which could see 25 academic staff, five academic support staff and 35 operational staff lose their jobs - would deliver an improved organisation, which is “cost effective”.
Speaking of the salary figures, a Glyndwr spokesman said: “The vice-chancellor’s remuneration package is the lowest in Wales and in the lowest quartile in the UK - approximately £40,000 less than the national average.
“While for 2012-13 the total remuneration package in the sector increased by 3.3 per cent on 2011/12, the vice-chancellor’s has not, and has in fact seen a decrease of 0.18 per cent.
“The board of governors delegates the review of the vice-chancellor’s remuneration to the human resources committee, which meets annually as the remuneration committee.
“The committee takes account of comparable data within the sector when making its decisions.
“This institution works hard to ensure there are transparent processes and clear rationales for the decisions it makes in respect of the vice-chancellor’s remuneration.”
The university faces financial difficulties after the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (Hefcw) reduced funding despite seeing a 32 per cent increase in admission acceptances in 2013-14.
Margaret Phelan, from the University and Colleges Union Wales, said: “I’m astonished to find there has been an eight per cent increase in pay and benefits at a time when the Hefcw is closely monitoring the institution because of their precarious financial position. The vice-chancellor is proposing to make UCU and UNISON members redundant while he enjoys a significant pay rise.”