“Bosses are lining their pockets at the expense of staff and students” - Union anger at Bournemouth University chiefs’ 30% pay rise

Bournemouth Echo: STARTLING HYPOCRISY’: John Brissenden, front, with colleagues on a pensions protest STARTLING HYPOCRISY’: John Brissenden, front, with colleagues on a pensions protest

BOSSES at Bournemouth University have been accused of “lining their pockets” after it emerged that the vice-chancellor took a 19 per cent pay rise.

Senior managers’ pay rose 30 per cent in 2013 at a time when staff staged two strikes in protest at a one per cent pay offer. The University and College Union has called the one per cent offer “miserly”.

UCU spokesperson John Brissenden said: “Bosses at Bournemouth University are lining their pockets at the expense of staff and students. UCU members have seen their pay cut in real terms by 13 per cent in the past five years as bosses have pleaded poverty to keep pay down.

“These eye-watering pay rises demonstrate the startling hypocrisy of a leadership who believe there is one rule for them and one for everyone else.

“Staff, students and parents will understandably wonder how the university can justify such huge pay rises at a time when staff have been forced to accept pay cuts.”

The union pointed to figures in the university’s financial statement showing the vice-chancellor Professor John Vinney had seen his salary rise by nearly 19 per cent to £211,000 in 2013. His pay package was worth £244,000 including pension contributions and benefits in kind, the union said.

It said the pay for six top managers at the university – all on six-figure salaries – had risen 30 per cent.

The number of academic staff at the university had decreased by eight per cent since 2008, the university said.

The union plans another one-day strike in February, in conjunction with the Unison and Unite unions, and a series of weekly two-hour strikes from January 20.

A university statement said senior staff’s pay increases were set at one per cent in 2013 and remuneration was set by an independent committee according to “benchmark data for the sector”.

It added: “The vice-chancellor of BU did receive a pay increase in 2012, but is still paid below the average for vice-chancellor roles in the UK. He was paid substantially below the benchmark for the first two years of his appointment.

“In relation to the other senior management at BU, their annual cost of living increases have been set at, or below that, of other staff for the past four years.”

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1:30pm Wed 8 Jan 14

skydriver says...

Disgraceful , they should be ashamed , all pupils and lecturers should keep protesting until they reduce their pay, to no more than the present CPI.
Disgraceful , they should be ashamed , all pupils and lecturers should keep protesting until they reduce their pay, to no more than the present CPI. skydriver

1:41pm Wed 8 Jan 14

High Treason says...

Of course they are. They are part of the modern UK with people managing huge establishments who have no conscience. Right from the government down through to councils, bank, hospitals etc they are there for the money. The public are only used as a means to their ends. Tony Sportswood is a prime example and the letter I received from the healthcare trust was a complete load of spiel.
Of course they are. They are part of the modern UK with people managing huge establishments who have no conscience. Right from the government down through to councils, bank, hospitals etc they are there for the money. The public are only used as a means to their ends. Tony Sportswood is a prime example and the letter I received from the healthcare trust was a complete load of spiel. High Treason

2:16pm Wed 8 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

Well the students went there to be educated, now they have learnt that many fat cat bosses within our UK public sector will unaccountably help themselves to as much of our public money as they can get away with!
Well the students went there to be educated, now they have learnt that many fat cat bosses within our UK public sector will unaccountably help themselves to as much of our public money as they can get away with! muscliffman

5:01pm Wed 8 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

Theres a lot of people who think educating some of these students is ripping the public off.
Theres a lot of people who think educating some of these students is ripping the public off. pete woodley

5:27pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Townee says...

The staff needed to realise that not many working people have had a rise and their standard of living has gone down.. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER but only if you are a worker and not a BOSS.
Perhaps we need to get the people who are getting a degree to get better wages that they need to pay more for the privilege. Pay now gain later on.
The staff needed to realise that not many working people have had a rise and their standard of living has gone down.. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER but only if you are a worker and not a BOSS. Perhaps we need to get the people who are getting a degree to get better wages that they need to pay more for the privilege. Pay now gain later on. Townee

5:44pm Wed 8 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

This could be,a great debate. if someone cleverer than me can look up the wages paid to the vice chancellor of the Oxbridge universities .MIT, St Andrews.or any other uni that rates above BU.
This could be,a great debate. if someone cleverer than me can look up the wages paid to the vice chancellor of the Oxbridge universities .MIT, St Andrews.or any other uni that rates above BU. kalebmoledirt

6:37pm Wed 8 Jan 14

dj2761 says...

Fair play, we would all take the pay rise if we were given it.
Fair play, we would all take the pay rise if we were given it. dj2761

6:40pm Wed 8 Jan 14

dj2761 says...

Townee wrote:
The staff needed to realise that not many working people have had a rise and their standard of living has gone down.. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER but only if you are a worker and not a BOSS.
Perhaps we need to get the people who are getting a degree to get better wages that they need to pay more for the privilege. Pay now gain later on.
You choose your own path in life, you can't blame them for having a job that pays a good salary.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: The staff needed to realise that not many working people have had a rise and their standard of living has gone down.. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER but only if you are a worker and not a BOSS. Perhaps we need to get the people who are getting a degree to get better wages that they need to pay more for the privilege. Pay now gain later on.[/p][/quote]You choose your own path in life, you can't blame them for having a job that pays a good salary. dj2761

6:42pm Wed 8 Jan 14

dj2761 says...

High Treason wrote:
Of course they are. They are part of the modern UK with people managing huge establishments who have no conscience. Right from the government down through to councils, bank, hospitals etc they are there for the money. The public are only used as a means to their ends. Tony Sportswood is a prime example and the letter I received from the healthcare trust was a complete load of spiel.
So I take it you work for free ? If not I doubt you would winge if your boss gave you a pay rise.
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: Of course they are. They are part of the modern UK with people managing huge establishments who have no conscience. Right from the government down through to councils, bank, hospitals etc they are there for the money. The public are only used as a means to their ends. Tony Sportswood is a prime example and the letter I received from the healthcare trust was a complete load of spiel.[/p][/quote]So I take it you work for free ? If not I doubt you would winge if your boss gave you a pay rise. dj2761

8:14pm Wed 8 Jan 14

fireflier says...

But, folks, we are all 'in it together' ...... except some are in the sh1t ...while others, like these bosses, are followingt that good ole Tory tradition of looking after No 1.

Sorry, I shouldn't speak out like this otherwise I may be 'put out of my cottage!'

Disgraceful!
But, folks, we are all 'in it together' ...... except some are in the sh1t ...while others, like these bosses, are followingt that good ole Tory tradition of looking after No 1. Sorry, I shouldn't speak out like this otherwise I may be 'put out of my cottage!' Disgraceful! fireflier

8:21pm Wed 8 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

skydriver wrote:
Disgraceful , they should be ashamed , all pupils and lecturers should keep protesting until they reduce their pay, to no more than the present CPI.
How much does the vice chancellor of Cambridge/Oxford ,St Andrews,MIT, get paid?
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: Disgraceful , they should be ashamed , all pupils and lecturers should keep protesting until they reduce their pay, to no more than the present CPI.[/p][/quote]How much does the vice chancellor of Cambridge/Oxford ,St Andrews,MIT, get paid? kalebmoledirt

9:34pm Wed 8 Jan 14

glendower2909 says...

He has seen the writing on the wall for the University and is making hay while he can.

With the rise Fees and the recorded drop in university attendance is only a matter of time before most of the former polytechnic universities are closed,

Apart from the school of nursing and possibly engineering do we really need any more people with media studies, tourism or even business. If you want to understand business get a job keep you nose clean, work hard and chances are you will be doing the induction for the newly graduates with all their debt in a few years time. Exactly what I do now and it makes me smile every time I see the wide eyed naivety of the graduate starter. Tourism Complete waster of time and I say that as someone who worked in the industry for over 15vears after school before cutting my losses and getting out. The majority of tourism graduates will never pay off their loans ect. just not enough salary in the industry no matter how qualified you are.

Good news is that when it closes perhaps the free school can move again to a more central location, Ticks all the boxes apart from the swimming pool but if any more rain falls even a pool may be an easy build.
He has seen the writing on the wall for the University and is making hay while he can. With the rise Fees and the recorded drop in university attendance is only a matter of time before most of the former polytechnic universities are closed, Apart from the school of nursing and possibly engineering do we really need any more people with media studies, tourism or even business. If you want to understand business get a job keep you nose clean, work hard and chances are you will be doing the induction for the newly graduates with all their debt in a few years time. Exactly what I do now and it makes me smile every time I see the wide eyed naivety of the graduate starter. Tourism Complete waster of time and I say that as someone who worked in the industry for over 15vears after school before cutting my losses and getting out. The majority of tourism graduates will never pay off their loans ect. just not enough salary in the industry no matter how qualified you are. Good news is that when it closes perhaps the free school can move again to a more central location, Ticks all the boxes apart from the swimming pool but if any more rain falls even a pool may be an easy build. glendower2909

11:46pm Wed 8 Jan 14

nomorefatcats says...

glendower2909 wrote:
He has seen the writing on the wall for the University and is making hay while he can.

With the rise Fees and the recorded drop in university attendance is only a matter of time before most of the former polytechnic universities are closed,

Apart from the school of nursing and possibly engineering do we really need any more people with media studies, tourism or even business. If you want to understand business get a job keep you nose clean, work hard and chances are you will be doing the induction for the newly graduates with all their debt in a few years time. Exactly what I do now and it makes me smile every time I see the wide eyed naivety of the graduate starter. Tourism Complete waster of time and I say that as someone who worked in the industry for over 15vears after school before cutting my losses and getting out. The majority of tourism graduates will never pay off their loans ect. just not enough salary in the industry no matter how qualified you are.

Good news is that when it closes perhaps the free school can move again to a more central location, Ticks all the boxes apart from the swimming pool but if any more rain falls even a pool may be an easy build.
Had you received an education you might be better able to string a sentence together. Whatever you think of the merits of a highly educated workforce fat cats awarding themselves massive pay increases stinks. These are the same characters who insisted on charging the highest fess they thought the 'market' would tolerate. No wonder, they had pay increases to finance. These people are morally bankrupt.
[quote][p][bold]glendower2909[/bold] wrote: He has seen the writing on the wall for the University and is making hay while he can. With the rise Fees and the recorded drop in university attendance is only a matter of time before most of the former polytechnic universities are closed, Apart from the school of nursing and possibly engineering do we really need any more people with media studies, tourism or even business. If you want to understand business get a job keep you nose clean, work hard and chances are you will be doing the induction for the newly graduates with all their debt in a few years time. Exactly what I do now and it makes me smile every time I see the wide eyed naivety of the graduate starter. Tourism Complete waster of time and I say that as someone who worked in the industry for over 15vears after school before cutting my losses and getting out. The majority of tourism graduates will never pay off their loans ect. just not enough salary in the industry no matter how qualified you are. Good news is that when it closes perhaps the free school can move again to a more central location, Ticks all the boxes apart from the swimming pool but if any more rain falls even a pool may be an easy build.[/p][/quote]Had you received an education you might be better able to string a sentence together. Whatever you think of the merits of a highly educated workforce fat cats awarding themselves massive pay increases stinks. These are the same characters who insisted on charging the highest fess they thought the 'market' would tolerate. No wonder, they had pay increases to finance. These people are morally bankrupt. nomorefatcats

11:46pm Wed 8 Jan 14

nomorefatcats says...

glendower2909 wrote:
He has seen the writing on the wall for the University and is making hay while he can.

With the rise Fees and the recorded drop in university attendance is only a matter of time before most of the former polytechnic universities are closed,

Apart from the school of nursing and possibly engineering do we really need any more people with media studies, tourism or even business. If you want to understand business get a job keep you nose clean, work hard and chances are you will be doing the induction for the newly graduates with all their debt in a few years time. Exactly what I do now and it makes me smile every time I see the wide eyed naivety of the graduate starter. Tourism Complete waster of time and I say that as someone who worked in the industry for over 15vears after school before cutting my losses and getting out. The majority of tourism graduates will never pay off their loans ect. just not enough salary in the industry no matter how qualified you are.

Good news is that when it closes perhaps the free school can move again to a more central location, Ticks all the boxes apart from the swimming pool but if any more rain falls even a pool may be an easy build.
Had you received an education you might be better able to string a sentence together. Whatever you think of the merits of a highly educated workforce fat cats awarding themselves massive pay increases stinks. These are the same characters who insisted on charging the highest fess they thought the 'market' would tolerate. No wonder, they had pay increases to finance. These people are morally bankrupt.
[quote][p][bold]glendower2909[/bold] wrote: He has seen the writing on the wall for the University and is making hay while he can. With the rise Fees and the recorded drop in university attendance is only a matter of time before most of the former polytechnic universities are closed, Apart from the school of nursing and possibly engineering do we really need any more people with media studies, tourism or even business. If you want to understand business get a job keep you nose clean, work hard and chances are you will be doing the induction for the newly graduates with all their debt in a few years time. Exactly what I do now and it makes me smile every time I see the wide eyed naivety of the graduate starter. Tourism Complete waster of time and I say that as someone who worked in the industry for over 15vears after school before cutting my losses and getting out. The majority of tourism graduates will never pay off their loans ect. just not enough salary in the industry no matter how qualified you are. Good news is that when it closes perhaps the free school can move again to a more central location, Ticks all the boxes apart from the swimming pool but if any more rain falls even a pool may be an easy build.[/p][/quote]Had you received an education you might be better able to string a sentence together. Whatever you think of the merits of a highly educated workforce fat cats awarding themselves massive pay increases stinks. These are the same characters who insisted on charging the highest fess they thought the 'market' would tolerate. No wonder, they had pay increases to finance. These people are morally bankrupt. nomorefatcats

11:51pm Wed 8 Jan 14

rozmister says...

Townee wrote:
The staff needed to realise that not many working people have had a rise and their standard of living has gone down.. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER but only if you are a worker and not a BOSS.
Perhaps we need to get the people who are getting a degree to get better wages that they need to pay more for the privilege. Pay now gain later on.
Because the £9k they pay per year isn't enough?!?! It's absurd they pay so much for fees, across Europe lots of other countries recognise the value of educating young people and heavily subsidise higher education but in the UK we charge some of the highest fees and still people feel the cost is too low - what about the value of education? Surely you can't put a price on that!
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: The staff needed to realise that not many working people have had a rise and their standard of living has gone down.. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER but only if you are a worker and not a BOSS. Perhaps we need to get the people who are getting a degree to get better wages that they need to pay more for the privilege. Pay now gain later on.[/p][/quote]Because the £9k they pay per year isn't enough?!?! It's absurd they pay so much for fees, across Europe lots of other countries recognise the value of educating young people and heavily subsidise higher education but in the UK we charge some of the highest fees and still people feel the cost is too low - what about the value of education? Surely you can't put a price on that! rozmister

10:27am Thu 9 Jan 14

glendower2909 says...

nomorefatcats wrote:
glendower2909 wrote:
He has seen the writing on the wall for the University and is making hay while he can.

With the rise Fees and the recorded drop in university attendance is only a matter of time before most of the former polytechnic universities are closed,

Apart from the school of nursing and possibly engineering do we really need any more people with media studies, tourism or even business. If you want to understand business get a job keep you nose clean, work hard and chances are you will be doing the induction for the newly graduates with all their debt in a few years time. Exactly what I do now and it makes me smile every time I see the wide eyed naivety of the graduate starter. Tourism Complete waster of time and I say that as someone who worked in the industry for over 15vears after school before cutting my losses and getting out. The majority of tourism graduates will never pay off their loans ect. just not enough salary in the industry no matter how qualified you are.

Good news is that when it closes perhaps the free school can move again to a more central location, Ticks all the boxes apart from the swimming pool but if any more rain falls even a pool may be an easy build.
Had you received an education you might be better able to string a sentence together. Whatever you think of the merits of a highly educated workforce fat cats awarding themselves massive pay increases stinks. These are the same characters who insisted on charging the highest fess they thought the 'market' would tolerate. No wonder, they had pay increases to finance. These people are morally bankrupt.
I can string a sentence together although admit that with my fat fingers on a small touch screen errors do creep in.

Either way the term highly educated workforce does not link with a media studies or tourism degree. Mickey Mouse courses of no value to employers or employees. Better off in both cases of getting a hop at 16 or 18 and working your way up.
[quote][p][bold]nomorefatcats[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glendower2909[/bold] wrote: He has seen the writing on the wall for the University and is making hay while he can. With the rise Fees and the recorded drop in university attendance is only a matter of time before most of the former polytechnic universities are closed, Apart from the school of nursing and possibly engineering do we really need any more people with media studies, tourism or even business. If you want to understand business get a job keep you nose clean, work hard and chances are you will be doing the induction for the newly graduates with all their debt in a few years time. Exactly what I do now and it makes me smile every time I see the wide eyed naivety of the graduate starter. Tourism Complete waster of time and I say that as someone who worked in the industry for over 15vears after school before cutting my losses and getting out. The majority of tourism graduates will never pay off their loans ect. just not enough salary in the industry no matter how qualified you are. Good news is that when it closes perhaps the free school can move again to a more central location, Ticks all the boxes apart from the swimming pool but if any more rain falls even a pool may be an easy build.[/p][/quote]Had you received an education you might be better able to string a sentence together. Whatever you think of the merits of a highly educated workforce fat cats awarding themselves massive pay increases stinks. These are the same characters who insisted on charging the highest fess they thought the 'market' would tolerate. No wonder, they had pay increases to finance. These people are morally bankrupt.[/p][/quote]I can string a sentence together although admit that with my fat fingers on a small touch screen errors do creep in. Either way the term highly educated workforce does not link with a media studies or tourism degree. Mickey Mouse courses of no value to employers or employees. Better off in both cases of getting a hop at 16 or 18 and working your way up. glendower2909

10:30am Thu 9 Jan 14

glendower2909 says...

glendower2909 wrote:
nomorefatcats wrote:
glendower2909 wrote:
He has seen the writing on the wall for the University and is making hay while he can.

With the rise Fees and the recorded drop in university attendance is only a matter of time before most of the former polytechnic universities are closed,

Apart from the school of nursing and possibly engineering do we really need any more people with media studies, tourism or even business. If you want to understand business get a job keep you nose clean, work hard and chances are you will be doing the induction for the newly graduates with all their debt in a few years time. Exactly what I do now and it makes me smile every time I see the wide eyed naivety of the graduate starter. Tourism Complete waster of time and I say that as someone who worked in the industry for over 15vears after school before cutting my losses and getting out. The majority of tourism graduates will never pay off their loans ect. just not enough salary in the industry no matter how qualified you are.

Good news is that when it closes perhaps the free school can move again to a more central location, Ticks all the boxes apart from the swimming pool but if any more rain falls even a pool may be an easy build.
Had you received an education you might be better able to string a sentence together. Whatever you think of the merits of a highly educated workforce fat cats awarding themselves massive pay increases stinks. These are the same characters who insisted on charging the highest fess they thought the 'market' would tolerate. No wonder, they had pay increases to finance. These people are morally bankrupt.
I can string a sentence together although admit that with my fat fingers on a small touch screen errors do creep in.

Either way the term highly educated workforce does not link with a media studies or tourism degree. Mickey Mouse courses of no value to employers or employees. Better off in both cases of getting a hop at 16 or 18 and working your way up.
Sorry fat fingers again before the grammar police moan I of course meant a job not a hop
[quote][p][bold]glendower2909[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nomorefatcats[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glendower2909[/bold] wrote: He has seen the writing on the wall for the University and is making hay while he can. With the rise Fees and the recorded drop in university attendance is only a matter of time before most of the former polytechnic universities are closed, Apart from the school of nursing and possibly engineering do we really need any more people with media studies, tourism or even business. If you want to understand business get a job keep you nose clean, work hard and chances are you will be doing the induction for the newly graduates with all their debt in a few years time. Exactly what I do now and it makes me smile every time I see the wide eyed naivety of the graduate starter. Tourism Complete waster of time and I say that as someone who worked in the industry for over 15vears after school before cutting my losses and getting out. The majority of tourism graduates will never pay off their loans ect. just not enough salary in the industry no matter how qualified you are. Good news is that when it closes perhaps the free school can move again to a more central location, Ticks all the boxes apart from the swimming pool but if any more rain falls even a pool may be an easy build.[/p][/quote]Had you received an education you might be better able to string a sentence together. Whatever you think of the merits of a highly educated workforce fat cats awarding themselves massive pay increases stinks. These are the same characters who insisted on charging the highest fess they thought the 'market' would tolerate. No wonder, they had pay increases to finance. These people are morally bankrupt.[/p][/quote]I can string a sentence together although admit that with my fat fingers on a small touch screen errors do creep in. Either way the term highly educated workforce does not link with a media studies or tourism degree. Mickey Mouse courses of no value to employers or employees. Better off in both cases of getting a hop at 16 or 18 and working your way up.[/p][/quote]Sorry fat fingers again before the grammar police moan I of course meant a job not a hop glendower2909

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