Time for a big pay debate.
Gerald Pillay's salary went up by almost 21% in 2009/10 which - in the current climate and, for that matter, many different climates - is a hefty increase which will undoubtedly raise many eyebrows in the region.
And it took his pay to yet another hefty figure - one which will undoubtedly lead to many jaws dropping: pounds 199,077.
It may be argued that the publication of these figures couldn't have come at a worse time for Hope. Many lecturers will disagree with that, while, looking at the wider picture, many people might believe the revelations have come at the best possible time.
Only recently, we saw a full-scale debate after it was revealed that hundreds of town hall bosses across the country earned more than the Prime Minister's pounds 142,500 annual salary.
Perhaps, then, it is now the time to broaden that debate - not least because so many universities are facing major cuts - to include the country's vice chancellors.
No one is doubting the important jobs being done in the UK's universities but, with so many budgets having to be slashed, surely this is the right moment to take a step back and look closely at the top salary scales.
There is certainly a case for a root and branch review at Liverpool Hope University, which has stressed that job cuts are needed as part of "efficiency savings" in tough times.
Prof Pillay has donated a significant proportion of his pay to scholarship funds but, while laudable, this isn't the issue.
More relevant is the claim that the rise brought his wages in line with the going rate - which is where the big salary debate should begin. Is this going rate too high? The Voice of Liverpool since 1879
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Mar 25, 2011|
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