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Liverpool Hope University boss slammed for 20% wage rise as 100 staff prepare to lose jobs


THE boss of a Liverpool university set to slash 100 jobs has seen his six-figure salary increase by more than 20% in a year.

Figures showed Liverpool Hope university Vice Chancellor Professor Gerald Pillay’s wage rocketed in 2009-10 by almost 21%, to £199,077.

Today, union chiefs fighting to retain lecturers’ jobs branded the wage rise as “astonishing” and said it made a mockery of the university’s claim to be prudent.

But Hope officials insisted the rise brought his wages in line with the going rate, adding Prof Pillay donated “a significant proportion” of his pay packet in 2009 and 2010 to scholarship funds.

The row came as Liverpool Hope university staff joined a national University and College Union day of strike action yesterday over pay and pension changes.

Hope university is looking to make 100 redundancies across the board, affecting both academic staff and administrative employees.

The university has stressed the job cuts were part of “efficiency savings” in tough economic times.

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