MP: Salaries   just obscene

Tim Farron.

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THE University of Cumbria has been criticised by Cumbrian MP Tim Farron for paying “obscene” amounts of money to two senior managers while proposing to slash services.

Accounts released by the university last week show that interim pro-vice chancellor Professor Graham Upton and interim finance director Stephen Avery were paid £258,938 and £248,649 respectively for 11 months’ work.

Mr Farron, who represents Westmorland and Lonsdale, said the payments were shocking at a time when the university, which has a campus in Bowerham Road, Lancaster, was making widespread redundancies and had tried to close its Ambleside campus last year. The university’s 2010/11 accounts also show that a further three senior university staff members were paid between £100,000 and £109,999.

See the Lancaster Guardian (29-12-11) for full story.