Losing the plot on pay 2

October 21, 2005

It is natural for staff unions to seek large pay increases on the back of the major growth in higher education institutions' income due to top-up fees ("Unions issue deadline on pay deal and promise early action", October 14). But isn't the plot being lost?

The purpose of fee dereg-ulation is to enhance the quality of the educational experience of students. True, better pay, especially if targeted and related to performance, might be expected to contribute to such enhancement. But research does not suggest that students will see pay increases in this light.

Can the unions guarantee that the pay awards that they are seeking will be of measurable benefit to students? Perhaps the sector, which has research as a core activity, should first research the needs.

Mike Goldstein

Chairman

Heist (formerly the Higher Education Information Services Trust)

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments