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Bath University's Vice Chancellor steps down from remuneration committee following council meeting

Dame Glynis Breakwell, on the right, is the UK's highest paid Vice Chancellor. Photo: ITV West Country

Bath University's governing body has been meeting today, 24 October, to discuss the running of the university.

It comes amid criticism of the salary paid to the Vice Chancellor.

Dame Glynis Breakwell, who has been at the university for 16 years, earns £450,000 a year and also received a £30,000 interest-free loan to buy a car.

A spokesperson says the Council of the University of Bath has agreed on a number of measures to "enhance its governance practice".

The council said the first step would be an "independent and rigorous Effectiveness Review of Council" which will be done by a consultant "selected according to procurement frameworks":

This will consider fully the operation of the Remuneration Committee to ensure it reflects developing best practice.

– University of Bath Spokesperson

The council also agreed that the Vice-Chancellor should no longer be a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Finally, Council was informed that, to help ensure that future Court meetings are as effective as possible for all attendees, formal standing orders for the operation of Court are being prepared. These will be circulated to its members for comment in advance of its next meeting.

– University of Bath Spokesperson