Expenses claim

April 9, 2015

Lincoln Allison remembers when senior academics and vice-chancellors led a relatively ascetic existence and compares it with today when many v-cs are paid salaries similar to those of chief executives in industry (“Spared no expense”, Features, 2 April).

Allison sees this as a regrettable but necessary development but misses a key point. When top figures in the academy were, mostly, of an ascetic frame of mind, they were also academics with a track record of research and publication. I’m not sure that this applies to that many current-day v-cs.

Keith Flett
London

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Professor Flett is too kind, the Vicechancellors of Warwick, London, Essex and many other UK universities have decided that they are too august to waste time defending their philistinism to those of us who might have once considered sending our children to their universities. And the UK establishment hands them out knighthoods. Forster, Trainor, Thrift and Chris Cobb, to name a few of the many names, owe the public a full explanation of their policies, and to refuse this betrays an arooganxe which should cost them their jobs.

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