Sheffield University students in protest against management ‘pay gaps’

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Sheffield University students took part in a national campaign protesting against widening pay gaps between senior managers and the organisation’s lowest paid staff.

They put the spotlight on a £105,000 a year pay rise awarded last year to Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett, while academics nationally were offered an increase of one per cent.

And campaigners claimed Sir Keith was earning over 27 times the salary of the lowest paid worker, calling on the university to pay staff the Living Wage.

Third year student Minesh Parekh said: “I think it’s ridiculous that university management are paid so excessively, especially when their staff – who often struggle to make ends meet – are facing real terms pay cuts.”