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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12900: Gillian Martin (Aberdeenshire East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 21 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what itĀ considers theĀ appropriate remuneration of university vice chancellors should be, and what discussions it has had with universities regarding this.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 30 November 2017

As autonomous institutions, the salary levels of Principals and Vice-Chancellors are a matter for each university's governing body and remuneration committee. However, the Scottish Government is clear that we expect universities to exercise restraint in setting senior pay. The Scottish Government's position is that senior pay packages should be in step with the salary, terms and conditions offered to other university staff. Institutions must ensure the highest standards of transparency in setting pay awards. We welcome further work that the higher education sector is progressing to increase transparency and accountability in remuneration committee decision-making.

All higher education institutions in Scotland publish the details of senior remuneration on an annual basis. Every institution reports on the number of staff paid in the higher salary brackets.