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UCU Leader Sally Hunt condemns high chancellor pay, whilst earning £138K a year

UCU Leader Sally Hunt condemns high chancellor pay, whilst earning £138K a year

It has been revealed this week that the head of the UCU, Sally Hunt, takes home a tidy sum of £138,000 each year, despite attacking chancellors for their high pay.

Hunt, who states that she will endeavour to keep strikes going through the exam and assessment period, in order to disrupt and impact as much as possible, condemned chancellors last week for their earnings.

The UCU leader had a pay rise of £8,000 last year, she also receives car benefit in the form of £3000 which also rose from £2000, a figure it stood at just months ago.

Hunt’s salary is funded entirely by the UCU, the union currently in dispute with the USS, an act which has lead to countless strikes up and down the country, causing a shutdown on university education for the past five weeks.

The Times has revealed this week that 153 staff at the UCU earn over 50k a year and that the union spends 9.5 million each year on staff expenses, let alone their salary!

Although the pay of Sally Hunt is usually not of much interest to the public, with the pay of chancellors taking centre stage, for a woman who has publicly condemned high pay, shamed extravagant expenses and is actively working to disrupt exams; it all seems a little hypocritical; doesn’t it?

Sally Hunt, who has appeared on several news stations urging for the strike to receive more coverage, has stated this week that the UCU will be encouraging external examiners to resign, in order to stop them being called in to review and mark papers.

So far, 100 external examiners have resigned, meaning that exams will definitely face severe disruption.

If little disruption happens in the form of the exams actually taking place, the standard of marking will definitely be called into question, as external examiners will have to be sourced from a multitude of places and will probably have a staggering amount of papers to get through, therefore leading to a lack in quality of marking!

Universities’ minister, Sam Gyimah, has stated this week that striking lecturers who refuse to help with exams will be in breach of their university contract, stating that lecturers have no mandate whatsoever to disrupt the exam period.

Gyimah stated this week that no future prospects of students should be put at risk due to a dispute.

However, for Sally Hunt, it’s full steam ahead for an attack on exams, assessments and student’s education.


Elizabeth Whittingham Elizabeth is a history graduate currently working in content and communications.