Reporter 413, 26 January 1998
Staff in higher education are struggling to meet the governments increasing expectations of administering new tuition fees, delivering lifelong learning and encouraging wider access all without any additional resources, says the Association of University Teachers. While graduate salaries have risen by 15 per cent in the last three years and inflation has increased by 9.2 per cent, university and college staff pay has gone up by only 8.7 per cent, a cut in real terms. The AUT has called for the establishment of a statutory pay review body as the best realistic long-term solution to the situation.
The Dearing report recommended the establishment of an Independent Review Committee to look at the problems surrounding the employment scene in higher education and review the framework for negotiating pay and conditions within the sector.
The committee, to include employers, unions and independent representatives, will be chaired by Sir Michael Bett, who headed the nurses pay review body for five years. He is currently Pro-Chancellor of Aston University and president of the Institute of Personnel and Development.
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