Workers at the University of Bath have warned that the institution's embattled vice-chancellor does not have the support of staff after she narrowly survived a no confidence vote.
A motion of no confidence in Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell was defeated by 19 votes to 16 with two abstentions, in a secret ballot of the university's senate, which oversees the institution's academic work.
It came after a report by the university funding watchdog criticised Bath over its handling of senior pay.
The university has come under the spotlight in recent months over the pay packet of Dame Glynis, the UK's highest paid vice-chancellor, who took home £451,000 in 2015/16, including benefits.
In a statement after the vote, which took place on Wednesday night, Dame Glynis issued a public apology for the findings of the Higher Education Funding Council for England's (HEFCE) investigation.
Ahead of the senate ballot, a public meeting of university staff unanimously called for Dame Glynis and the chairman of the university's council, Thomas Sheppard, to resign.
Staff and students are planning to protest at a meeting of the university's council next week.
HEFCE's inquiry concluded that Bath's reputation has been damaged by the way it dealt with a motion put forward in February about the conduct of its remuneration committee, which sets senior salaries, including that of the vice-chancellor.
The resolution, which Bath's Court - a body of around 200 individuals with links to the university - was asked to vote on, raised concerns at the "lack of transparency and accountability of the remuneration committee" and the decisions it had made in the past year.
It was defeated, with 30 votes in favour and 33 against. While there were no official records of who voted for or against, some members of the pay committee and those whose pay is decided by it - including Dame Glynis - voted against the motion, HEFCE found.