Top pay in universities is rising – but most staff aren't seeing any benefits | Sally Hunt

University staff salaries have fallen by 16% since 2009, and now pensions are being slashed. We need leaders who will look out for us – not their pay packets

  • Sally Hunt is the secretary general of the University and College Union

Higher education prides itself on its individuality, but there has always been a lot of groupthink at the top. I can remember the unending faux consultations in the run up to the Browne review when almost everyone agreed that tripling tuition fees would be the start of a fairytale that would end happily ever after.

Eight years on, here we are with universities decried as Brexit-opposing enemies of the people in the press. Our mission, ethos and – of course – who pays for us is the subject of daily debate.

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