Cost of Compromise Agreements revealed

Photo - Tomos Nolan

Photo – Tomos Nolan

THE EXTENT and cost of compromise agreements that have been paid by Aberystwyth University have been revealed after a series of Freedom of Information requests.

Between 2009 and August 31st 2013, nearly £2.5 million has been paid out in compromise agreements, with some £769,700 paid in the calendar year 2012 alone.  £1.96 million had been paid out in the three years previously to August 2012, with either £521,020 or £497,505 paid between 1st August 2012 and 31st August 2013. The confusion as to the amount arises from two separate FOI requests to the University in recent weeks both asking the value of payments made in that time period with different answers of the amount and cost given from the University. The figure also does not include any redundancy packages. This sum is significantly larger in comparison to Universities, following an FOI request it was revealed that SOAS University of London paid 1,005,980 between 2009 and 2013.

Information passed onto The Courier also stated that between January 1st and August 31st 2013, £187,412 was paid out to nine people in compromise payments, one of those is thought to be former Aberystwyth Arts Centre director Alan Hewson who retired from the Arts Centre, reportedly receiving a financial package as part of his retirement. It was confirmed that every compromise agreement included “a confidentiality clause”.

It has been revealed in recent days that the cost of the legal cost of the investigation and tribunal of Alan Hewson and Auriel Martin regarding the Arts Centre amounted to £16,854 including legal fees and expenses. However the University had said that they did not hold details of the cost of staff time of those involved with the process.

A total of 75 compromise agreements were agreed between 2010 and 2013, taking into account the last year of Noel Lloyd’s Vice Chancellorship.