University salaries dwarf PM’s

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NINE of the 26 executives of Sheffield’s two universities earn more than the Prime Minister, The Star can reveal.

The universities’ Vice-Chancellors earn the most, with The University of Sheffield’s Keith Burnett taking home between £250,000 and £260,000 – and Hallam’s Philip Jones £250,000.

Both easily surpass David Cameron’s £142,500.

Following closely behind Prof Burnett is The University of Sheffield’s Philip Harvey, the Registrar and Secretary, who is on between £170,000 and £180,000.

Bob Rabone, Director of Finance, gets the third highest wage – between £160,000 and £170,000. And one of the senior Pro-Vice Chancellors gets between £140,000 and £150,000.

Falling just short of the Prime Minister’s salary, but still dwarfing the £53,781 to £81,158 annual pay of GPs, are the university’s seven other Pro-Vice Chancellors who earn between £90,000 and £140,000, and the Director of Human Resources, Andrew Dodman, who gets between £100,000 and £110,000.

Across the city centre at Hallam, Prof Cliff Allan, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Philip Severs, Director of Finance, Prof Philip Martin, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Learning, Teaching and Student Experience and Prof Mike Smith, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, all earn more than the Prime Minister on up to £169,999 a year.

Closely behind, earning between £110,000 and £139,000, are Prof Alistair Sambell, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences, Prof Sylvia Johnson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Development and Society, Prof Rhiannon Billingsley, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Health and Wellbeing, Prof Adrian Hopgood, Pro-Vice Chancellor Dean of Sheffield Business School and Liz Winders, Hallam’s Secretary and Registrar.

Earning the least at Sheffield Hallam, but still five times more than nurses, are Phill Dixon, Director of Human Resources, Clive Macdonald, Director of Student and Learning Services, John Palmer, Director of Communications and Public Affairs and Mark Swales, Director of Estates and Facilities, on between £90,000 and £109,999.

Emma Boon, Campaign Director at the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “Taxpayers will be staggered so many university employees are getting such a generous deal at a time when money is tight.”