University of Chester criticized for charging vice-chancellor £ 280,000 a year LESS rent than students
The University of Chester is criticized for charging its vice-chancellor less rent by £ 280,000 per year than its students
- The University of Chester has been criticized for plans to create an apartment for its Vice Chancellor and rent it to him for £ 28 a week less than what students are paying
- Professor Eunice Simmons receives an annual salary and pension of £ 284,533 and plans to convert two meeting rooms into her own accommodation
- It comes as university staff are in consultation and at risk of losing their jobs.
The University of Chester has come under fire for plans to rent accommodation to its vice-chancellor for less than what its students pay, while 86 other staff face layoffs.
A university has been criticized for its intention to charge its vice-chancellor £ 280,000 less in rent per year than its own students.
University of Chester Vice-Chancellor Professor Eunice Simmons has an annual salary and pension of £ 284,533.
Professor Simmons plans to move into a 42-square-meter apartment in the lavish and luxurious Senate Palace on campus, with her rent set at £ 121 per week.
But the University and College Union (UCU) has revealed it will pay £ 28 per week less than campus students renting university apartments at £ 149 per week.
It comes as 86 university staff are in consultation and are at risk of losing their jobs.
The university’s website describes the historic hotel and Senate House conference building as “one of our most attractive historic buildings.”
He adds: “ The Senate has been transformed into an elegant entertainment space for all occasions, whether you are celebrating a birthday, wedding, departure dinner or other special occasion.
“It offers fine cuisine in its elegant restaurant and hosts meetings in the lounge in a relaxed atmosphere.
The university insists that an appraisal was carried out to calculate the rent, taking into account that it would share the kitchenette with nearby meeting rooms.
But students living in small, en-suite studios in the university-owned Grosvenor House with ‘small double beds’ pay 23% more than their vice-chancellor will pay.
Professor Simmons plans to “ reconfigure two offices ” in the Senate to create her apartment, for which she will pay rent, to give her a place to stay on campus.
Professor Simmons said in the email to staff: ‘I’ve been thinking about how I can help build our college community going forward.
Professor Eunice Simmons (pictured) plans to ‘reconfigure the offices’ of the University of Chester Senate to create her apartment and will pay £ 28 less each week than her own students
“ To that end, we are reconfiguring the two offices immediately next to mine in the Senate to create a small apartment that I will rent from the University in due course. ”
A spokesperson for the university said her rent assessment was made because the apartment was unfurnished – and her kitchen will also be used by neighboring meeting rooms.
They said: ‘The assessment took into account that the kitchenette that will be used by Vice-Chancellor Professor Eunice Simmons will also be used to service the adjoining meeting room and office, so that it is not self-contained like the studios elsewhere on campus and the property is unfurnished. unlike other studios.
‘Under the terms of the appraisal contract, the university is unable to share details of the company that carried out the work leading up to the amount of rent Professor Simmons will pay for the accommodation it will occupy. in order to broaden student participation and engagement at the university. “.
It comes as the university is laying off 25 staff with 86 consulting staff.
A spokesperson for the Chester branch of the University and College Union (UCU) said members were “ disgusted and outraged ” by the “ clear injustice ”.
The tiny Chester University student rooms at Grosvenor House, where students would pay £ 28 a week more in rent than the Vice Chancellor for his apartment
The spokesperson said: ‘Staff have spent much of the last year working from home during the pandemic, paying for essential labor costs such as Wi-Fi out of their own pockets.
‘Now they find out that senior management has approved more than £ 21,000 in renovations while plunging 86 employees into a state of uncertainty and anxiety about their future.
“Our members are disgusted and outraged by this obvious injustice. The low rent the VC will pay adds insult to injury.
“Staff and students can only dream of renting a private apartment in central Chester for something like the price the VC will pay.
“ The university has the audacity to claim that its finances are in bad enough shape to warrant the reduction in staff, but UCU has seen the annual financial report which indicates that the university has had a successful financial year and an increase in the number of students.
‘Students have a right to expect that their £ 9,000 per year will be spent on high quality education – not on the interior design of the Vice Chancellor.
The vice-chancellor says the senior management team demonstrates “ financial probity ” in their management of the university.
“Where is the responsibility, honesty or integrity in destroying the livelihoods of a highly valued staff while signing unnecessary expenses?”