The Wales Report: Has the Vice Chancellor had another pay rise?

VICE CHANCELLOR April McMahon’s salary came under scrutiny again last week after appearing on the BBC Cymru Wales programme The Wales Report.

In a segment focusing on the University’s recent slide down the league tables, they interviewed the Vice Chancellor, students and local AM Simon Thomas.

It has been suggested that the Vice Chancellor’s salary has increased yet again, after she told the TV interviewer that the figures she had quoted, of over £250,000, were “out of date”. The interviewer followed up by asking if she was on more with the vice-chancellor stating that, “I’m not going to answer that…I had the same pay rise as everybody else last year”. She refused to tell the Wales Report her current salary.

The Vice-Chancellor is not leaving Aberystwyth.

The Vice Chancellor, April McMahon

This latest setback for the Vice Chancellor comes at a time when the Good University Guide suggests that Aberystwyth is scoring below average in 7 out of the 9 performance indicators, including areas such as student satisfaction, graduate prospects and degree completion. Similarly, the  latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) data shows a decrease in graduate level employability from 57.8% to 53.8%. Professor McMahon countered the claims by stating that the University had come 35th in the UK for research in a Times Higher Education league table.

The Vice Chancellor echoed previous comments she has made, by claiming that the slide down the league tables and problems at the university have been caused by lack of investment by the previous regime and that the league tables were based on “historical data from four years ago”. Furthermore, with competitors being “ahead in the investment”, she claims that Aberystwyth is currently “playing catch up”.

The figures used by The Wales Report are based on data relating to the 2012/13 financial year. An updated figure will become publicaly available when the next annual financial statement is released by the end of the year.