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University of Kent vice-chancellor Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow’s salary increases to £265,000

By Alex Claridge

The pay of Kent University’s vice-chancellor shot up by £43,000 last year as staff took strike action to secure a 2% pay rise.

Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow’s salary increased from £222,000 in 2012/13 to £265,000 in 2013/14 – a 19% rise.

The University and College Union believes the increase will stagger students and staff in higher education.

Dame Julia Goodfellow
Dame Julia Goodfellow

Mike Moran, its regional official, said: “Many staff and students will be amazed at the size of the Kent University vice-chancellor’s pay increase, especially as it came at a time when staff were having to take strike action to secure a 2% pay rise.”

But the university has defended the increase.

Spokesman Martin Herrema said: “The University of Kent believes that senior management pay needs to reflect what it takes to attract and retain the very best leaders, in what is a global market for leadership talent.

The University of Kent campus in Giles Lane
The University of Kent campus in Giles Lane

“Higher education continues to be one of the UK’s most successful sectors. The university is worth £0.6 billion to the economy of the South East, with its students contributing £211 million to that total, and directly or indirectly supports almost 6,800 jobs.”

Dame Goodfellow, a biotechnology expert, has been in her position since 2007 and is the fifth vice-chancellor of the university in its 50-year history.

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