Under fire Bournemouth University boss best paid public sector chief in Dorset

Bournemouth Echo: ROW: Bournemouth University’s Prof John Vinney ROW: Bournemouth University’s Prof John Vinney

THE boss of Bournemouth University – who is under fire for receiving a 19 per cent pay rise – is comfortably the best paid public sector chief in Dorset.

Vice-chancellor Professor John Vinney’s salary stands at £211,000 after the rise.

One activist has said it is “hypocritical” that Professor Vinney received a large pay rise while some staff on campus were not earning the living wage of £7.65 an hour.

The university accounts show the vice-chancellor’s salary rose to £211,000 and was worth £244,000 including pension contributions and benefits in kind.

The University and College Union is in dispute with the university over what it calls a “miserly” pay offer to other staff.

Neil Duncan-Jordan, chairman of the the steering group of the Living Wage Dorset campaign, said the university was signed up as a living wage employer but that guarantee did not cover staff employed by other contractors on campus.

He said: “It’s rather hypocritical that this person in charge of the university can take such a huge pay increase on top of what is already a large salary for most of us. He’s aware that people providing services to his staff and students are being denied effectively a living wage of £7.65 an hour.

“While we know that these are not staff directly employed by the university, they are nevertheless staff the university contracts in and who work on their premises.

“He has a moral obligation, if not a legal obligation, to address that.”

Professor Vinney was not available for interview but the university said the pay of senior staff was set by a remuneration committee, whose members were independent.

It said: “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.”

Professor's salary is £211,000

Professor John Vinney’s £211,000 salary makes him comfortably the highest-paid head of a public sector organisation locally.

Tony Spotswood, chief executive of Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Trust, is paid between £190,000 and £195,000.

Debbie Simpson, the county’s chief constable, was recruited last year at a salary of £146,000.

Debbie Ward, chief executive of Dorset County Council, receives £140,000.

Tony Williams, chief executive of Bournemouth Borough Council, makes £125,373.

And the Borough of Poole is looking to recruit a new chief executive on £125,000.

  •  Vice-chancellors in the Russell Group of 24 research-based universities – of which Bournemouth is not a member – received an average of £293,000 in 2012-13, a rise of just over £22,000 or 8.1 per cent.

The president and provost of University College London, Sir Malcolm Grant, received a pay and pensions package of £365,432, despite only having spent three days a week in the job.

Don Nutbeam, vice-chancellor of the University of Southampton, received a salary of £294,000.

Outside the Russell Group, the vice-chancellor of the University of the West of England, Steve West, received a package worth £314,632.

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6:17am Thu 9 Jan 14

Rustyfootballer says...

Their pay is set by an independent body that makes comparisons with others in similar roles. So long as it keeps making ever higher awards the averages are going to keep rising and so, therefore, is the pay. The system is lunacy and the pay obscene. Salaries like that don't exist in the private sector in this county, you would have to go to London to get that money in a decent size corporation. The elite public sector is a joke and an insult to its workforce and I am a Tory voter capitalist whose natural instinct is not to agree with placard bearing union members.
Their pay is set by an independent body that makes comparisons with others in similar roles. So long as it keeps making ever higher awards the averages are going to keep rising and so, therefore, is the pay. The system is lunacy and the pay obscene. Salaries like that don't exist in the private sector in this county, you would have to go to London to get that money in a decent size corporation. The elite public sector is a joke and an insult to its workforce and I am a Tory voter capitalist whose natural instinct is not to agree with placard bearing union members. Rustyfootballer

7:23am Thu 9 Jan 14

Baysider says...

Rustyfootballer wrote:
Their pay is set by an independent body that makes comparisons with others in similar roles. So long as it keeps making ever higher awards the averages are going to keep rising and so, therefore, is the pay. The system is lunacy and the pay obscene. Salaries like that don't exist in the private sector in this county, you would have to go to London to get that money in a decent size corporation. The elite public sector is a joke and an insult to its workforce and I am a Tory voter capitalist whose natural instinct is not to agree with placard bearing union members.
I am sure that many employees of some of our financial institutions are in that salary range, JP Morgan will have employees on £1m plus packages for one example. On that point you are wrong but otherwise I'd agree that it is totally out if step with thr current climate.
[quote][p][bold]Rustyfootballer[/bold] wrote: Their pay is set by an independent body that makes comparisons with others in similar roles. So long as it keeps making ever higher awards the averages are going to keep rising and so, therefore, is the pay. The system is lunacy and the pay obscene. Salaries like that don't exist in the private sector in this county, you would have to go to London to get that money in a decent size corporation. The elite public sector is a joke and an insult to its workforce and I am a Tory voter capitalist whose natural instinct is not to agree with placard bearing union members.[/p][/quote]I am sure that many employees of some of our financial institutions are in that salary range, JP Morgan will have employees on £1m plus packages for one example. On that point you are wrong but otherwise I'd agree that it is totally out if step with thr current climate. Baysider

7:54am Thu 9 Jan 14

seakayaker says...

This is taxpayers' money being used. Who is on this independent body, how are they appointed, what criteria is used, who sets that criteria and does the criteria include value for money? Or, is it a self-generating pay race between public bodies?
This is taxpayers' money being used. Who is on this independent body, how are they appointed, what criteria is used, who sets that criteria and does the criteria include value for money? Or, is it a self-generating pay race between public bodies? seakayaker

8:00am Thu 9 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

How much does the vc of Cambridge ,Oxford ,St Andrews or even MIT get . Or other credible uni ?
How much does the vc of Cambridge ,Oxford ,St Andrews or even MIT get . Or other credible uni ? kalebmoledirt

8:36am Thu 9 Jan 14

sea poole says...

Actually, Mr Vinney could turn down his pay rise...or donate it to charity -it isn't as though he'll be first in the line for jobseeker's allowance...
Actually, Mr Vinney could turn down his pay rise...or donate it to charity -it isn't as though he'll be first in the line for jobseeker's allowance... sea poole

8:55am Thu 9 Jan 14

simong says...

It's little wonder that this country is skint, no doubt he'll also have some over generous pension scheme that will go up in line with his salary as well.
It's little wonder that this country is skint, no doubt he'll also have some over generous pension scheme that will go up in line with his salary as well. simong

9:59am Thu 9 Jan 14

digger1 says...

He only awarded himself a 19% rise making him the highest paid public sector worker in dorset. in his defence it was stated his salary is below the average for his role but compare this to the academics working there who are on the lowest salary in the uk when compared to others in similar roles, they get a 1% rise, how about bringing all your staff up to the average?
He only awarded himself a 19% rise making him the highest paid public sector worker in dorset. in his defence it was stated his salary is below the average for his role but compare this to the academics working there who are on the lowest salary in the uk when compared to others in similar roles, they get a 1% rise, how about bringing all your staff up to the average? digger1

10:11am Thu 9 Jan 14

Larry Sportello says...

Universities aren't public sector organisations though, so its a bit of a stupid comparison.
Universities aren't public sector organisations though, so its a bit of a stupid comparison. Larry Sportello

10:20am Thu 9 Jan 14

nomorefatcats says...

Rustyfootballer wrote:
Their pay is set by an independent body that makes comparisons with others in similar roles. So long as it keeps making ever higher awards the averages are going to keep rising and so, therefore, is the pay. The system is lunacy and the pay obscene. Salaries like that don't exist in the private sector in this county, you would have to go to London to get that money in a decent size corporation. The elite public sector is a joke and an insult to its workforce and I am a Tory voter capitalist whose natural instinct is not to agree with placard bearing union members.
Vinney's pay is set by a committee that he is a member of. Surprise.
[quote][p][bold]Rustyfootballer[/bold] wrote: Their pay is set by an independent body that makes comparisons with others in similar roles. So long as it keeps making ever higher awards the averages are going to keep rising and so, therefore, is the pay. The system is lunacy and the pay obscene. Salaries like that don't exist in the private sector in this county, you would have to go to London to get that money in a decent size corporation. The elite public sector is a joke and an insult to its workforce and I am a Tory voter capitalist whose natural instinct is not to agree with placard bearing union members.[/p][/quote]Vinney's pay is set by a committee that he is a member of. Surprise. nomorefatcats

10:22am Thu 9 Jan 14

nomorefatcats says...

Rustyfootballer wrote:
Their pay is set by an independent body that makes comparisons with others in similar roles. So long as it keeps making ever higher awards the averages are going to keep rising and so, therefore, is the pay. The system is lunacy and the pay obscene. Salaries like that don't exist in the private sector in this county, you would have to go to London to get that money in a decent size corporation. The elite public sector is a joke and an insult to its workforce and I am a Tory voter capitalist whose natural instinct is not to agree with placard bearing union members.
Not so much an independent body as members of his own Board selected by him and the Chair. And staff who work for him. The senior staff are refusing to admit exactly how much they are paid.
[quote][p][bold]Rustyfootballer[/bold] wrote: Their pay is set by an independent body that makes comparisons with others in similar roles. So long as it keeps making ever higher awards the averages are going to keep rising and so, therefore, is the pay. The system is lunacy and the pay obscene. Salaries like that don't exist in the private sector in this county, you would have to go to London to get that money in a decent size corporation. The elite public sector is a joke and an insult to its workforce and I am a Tory voter capitalist whose natural instinct is not to agree with placard bearing union members.[/p][/quote]Not so much an independent body as members of his own Board selected by him and the Chair. And staff who work for him. The senior staff are refusing to admit exactly how much they are paid. nomorefatcats

10:23am Thu 9 Jan 14

nomorefatcats says...

sea poole wrote:
Actually, Mr Vinney could turn down his pay rise...or donate it to charity -it isn't as though he'll be first in the line for jobseeker's allowance...
As Vinney decides his pay rise that's not likely. Is it?
[quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: Actually, Mr Vinney could turn down his pay rise...or donate it to charity -it isn't as though he'll be first in the line for jobseeker's allowance...[/p][/quote]As Vinney decides his pay rise that's not likely. Is it? nomorefatcats

10:25am Thu 9 Jan 14

nomorefatcats says...

Larry Sportello wrote:
Universities aren't public sector organisations though, so its a bit of a stupid comparison.
Yes they are. Funded by HEFCE and student loans and the tax payer.
[quote][p][bold]Larry Sportello[/bold] wrote: Universities aren't public sector organisations though, so its a bit of a stupid comparison.[/p][/quote]Yes they are. Funded by HEFCE and student loans and the tax payer. nomorefatcats

10:26am Thu 9 Jan 14

nomorefatcats says...

Larry Sportello wrote:
Universities aren't public sector organisations though, so its a bit of a stupid comparison.
Yes they are so no it isn't.
[quote][p][bold]Larry Sportello[/bold] wrote: Universities aren't public sector organisations though, so its a bit of a stupid comparison.[/p][/quote]Yes they are so no it isn't. nomorefatcats

11:21am Thu 9 Jan 14

topcat10 says...

University income is made up of government grants and student fees - which themselves are funded by student loans. So yes, they are part of the public sector.
University income is made up of government grants and student fees - which themselves are funded by student loans. So yes, they are part of the public sector. topcat10

12:22pm Thu 9 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

There appears to be some very cosy and exclusive club/s operating at the top end of the whole public sector which are now completely out of control, because this ludicrous situation is reflected virtually everywhere in it.

This particular public salary given the default lack of risk, the (doubtless mind blowing) pension and the institutionalised lack of any accountability is obscene. This legalised 'help yourself' misappropriation of public money by people whose main qualification is that they are in positions where they can must stop. The Unions, students and staff are quite right to protest on this issue.
There appears to be some very cosy and exclusive club/s operating at the top end of the whole public sector which are now completely out of control, because this ludicrous situation is reflected virtually everywhere in it. This particular public salary given the default lack of risk, the (doubtless mind blowing) pension and the institutionalised lack of any accountability is obscene. This legalised 'help yourself' misappropriation of public money by people whose main qualification is that they are in positions where they can must stop. The Unions, students and staff are quite right to protest on this issue. muscliffman

5:27pm Thu 9 Jan 14

SeafaringMan says...

digger1 wrote:
He only awarded himself a 19% rise making him the highest paid public sector worker in dorset. in his defence it was stated his salary is below the average for his role but compare this to the academics working there who are on the lowest salary in the uk when compared to others in similar roles, they get a 1% rise, how about bringing all your staff up to the average?
I can only agree Digger. I was one of the academics, working there for eighteen years - saw it go from Dorset Institute of Higher Education to Bournemouth University via Bournemouth Polytechnic - before they dispensed with my services. I can only say that staff motivation and morale, not to mention remuneration, were never high on their list of priorities.In spite of this I very much enjoyed working with colleagues and students.
[quote][p][bold]digger1[/bold] wrote: He only awarded himself a 19% rise making him the highest paid public sector worker in dorset. in his defence it was stated his salary is below the average for his role but compare this to the academics working there who are on the lowest salary in the uk when compared to others in similar roles, they get a 1% rise, how about bringing all your staff up to the average?[/p][/quote]I can only agree Digger. I was one of the academics, working there for eighteen years - saw it go from Dorset Institute of Higher Education to Bournemouth University via Bournemouth Polytechnic - before they dispensed with my services. I can only say that staff motivation and morale, not to mention remuneration, were never high on their list of priorities.In spite of this I very much enjoyed working with colleagues and students. SeafaringMan

5:28pm Thu 9 Jan 14

sea poole says...

Hang on, IF (using the word advisedly) Prof Vinney IS part of the committee that sets pay - is there not a serious conflict of interest...?
Hang on, IF (using the word advisedly) Prof Vinney IS part of the committee that sets pay - is there not a serious conflict of interest...? sea poole

8:38pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Turtlebay says...

Perhaps the professor ought to live for five years on what I earn as a truck driver, £12000 before tax and nat insurance?
Perhaps the professor ought to live for five years on what I earn as a truck driver, £12000 before tax and nat insurance? Turtlebay

11:05pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

If it were still called Bournemouth Poly, the salary would be less.

Rebranding is often lucrative.
If it were still called Bournemouth Poly, the salary would be less. Rebranding is often lucrative. Yankee1

7:17am Fri 10 Jan 14

Phixer says...

sea poole wrote:
Hang on, IF (using the word advisedly) Prof Vinney IS part of the committee that sets pay - is there not a serious conflict of interest...?
Of course, endemic in the public sector and why they fallen out of favour with their paymasters - you, me and our neighbours.
[quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: Hang on, IF (using the word advisedly) Prof Vinney IS part of the committee that sets pay - is there not a serious conflict of interest...?[/p][/quote]Of course, endemic in the public sector and why they fallen out of favour with their paymasters - you, me and our neighbours. Phixer

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