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This petition has been sponsored by GMB and the University and College Union at Northumbria University.

In May 2012 it was announced that the Vice-Chancellor had been awarded a pay rise of £24,000 (representing a 12% increase) – taking his pay to £230,000 (the Prime Minister gets paid £142,500) – when academic and support staff were awarded just £150 in 2011 and are being offered 1% this year. This is unacceptable when
(a) Academics and support staff have lost a considerable amount of pay, sometimes in double digits, as a result of pay freezes since 2009.

(b) Vice-chancellors nationally have enjoyed double-digit pay increases over the same period.

(c) The higher education sector is in a financially healthy situation with many universities, including Northumbria, regularly posting surpluses.

(b) Administrative and support staff face the prospect of redundancies as a result of the current restructuring from schools to faculties. Note that the Vice-Chancellor's pay increase is the equivalent of an administrator's annual salary! 

We, the undersigned – staff, students and parents/carers – call upon the Vice-Chancellor to surrender this pay rise and donate it to the University Access to Learning Fund (i.e. hardship fund).

Letter to
Northumbria University Vice-Chancellor
I've just signed the following petition addressed to: Northumbria University Vice-Chancellor.

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Surrender their undeserved 12% pay rise to the student hardship fund.

In May 2012 it was announced that the Vice-Chancellor had been awarded a pay rise of £24,000 (representing a 12% increase) – taking his pay to £230,000 (the Prime Minister gets paid £142,500) – when academic and support staff were awarded just £150 in 2011 and are being offered 1% this year. This is unacceptable when
(a) Academics nationally



We, the undersigned – staff, students and parents/carers – call upon the Vice-Chancellor to surrender this pay rise and donate it to the University Access to Learning Fund (i.e. hardship fund).

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Sincerely,