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Lecturers At The University Of Bedfordshire Turn On 'pay And Perks' Vice-Chancellor

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/lecturers-at-the-university-of-bedfordshire-turn-on-pay-and-perks-vicechancellor-10170204.html

A university vice-chancellor who has run up thousands of pounds in travel expenses by taking international business trips with his partner has been criticised for inviting 1,400 of his staff to apply for redundancy.

University of Bedfordshire chief Bill Rammell, the former Labour MP who was Gordon Brown’s higher education minister, says he needs 50 employees to take up the offer by 20 April before a “final outcome” is announced on 5 May.

In an email to staff, Mr Rammell said the job cuts form part of a £2.5m cost-cutting plan. But staff and unions are angry that their vice-chancellor is calling for deeper cuts at a time when the university is near the bottom of academic league tables. They are also incensed that he flew first or business class three times to Beijing and once to Miami with Helen Bailey, a professor of dance who was promoted to executive dean on a six-figure salary last year.

The China and US trips all took place between August 2013 – when Mr Rammell and Ms Bailey began a relationship – and June last year. The cost of air fares alone is believed to be more than £30,000. First- and business-class air travel is a contractual right of the vice-chancellor.

Mr Rammell, 55, is the 12th highest spending vice-chancellor in the UK, according to the University and College Union (UCU). He also spent £27,000 on flights in 2013-14 travelling to destinations including Singapore, Vietnam and Oman. The UCU study revealed the average spend by vice-chancellors on business-class travel is £9,706 a year.

In October 2013, the university announced that Mr Rammell and Ms Bailey had formed a relationship. The board of governors was said to have been alerted to the situation at the earliest opportunity and stated that Mr Rammell and Ms Bailey had acted with professionalism and integrity.

Just staggering. Still at least everyone is in it together!

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Im sorry to say I have -actually witnessed similar dodgy promotions of people who then turn out to be in a relationship with the head of school, dean etc, both same and different gender relationships

Obviously it shouldn't happen and you are supposed to declare such relationships as soon as they develop

As to the travel, in our uni anything above economy class has to be approved at the top, but then who approves theirs?

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I'll add that one of the few good things the current lot did was outlaw anything above economy for civil servants. The only time I have ever travelled 1st class rail or business air is doing jobs for the UK and U.S. Govts

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Cracks me up how many 'public servants' have a contractual right to 'first or business class' airfare more often than not premium-economy is good enough for long haul but a flat bead is always better for a night's sleep.

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The article misses a trick on one of the most important points in this sort of article.

There's no photographs or valuations given for their house or houses and no mention of their BTLs.

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That promotion of Helen Bailey surely needs some sort of independent investigation. Professor of dance... Genuinely puzzled as to the need of even her original position.

To be fair it seems she's now been given the more appropriate title of Director of Partnerships

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