Universities are autonomous bodies and it is for them to determine pay arrangements for their staff. However, the Government, in the 2017/18 Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) grant letter stated:
“The Government is clear that efficiency includes demonstrating restraint in senior pay and remains concerned about the substantial upwards drift in salaries of some top management. We would like to see senior leaders in the sector exercise more pay restraint.”
Jo Johnson, the Minister for Universities and Science, has continued to call on the sector to show restraint in Vice Chancellors' pay and for the sector to demonstrate more leadership especially at a time when students are concerned about value for money.