Pounds 200m may raise HE pay offer

29th November 1996 at 00:00
The extra Pounds 200m for higher education announced in the Budget seems likely to stave off the threat of tuition fees for students. It may also encourage university employers to increase their 1.5 per cent pay offer to staff, which led to a one-day strike last week.

Universities are to receive Pounds 100m more in each of the next two years than they had been allocated in last year's plans. Total spending in 1997-98 will now be Pounds 3,448m. But that still means a cut of 0.9 per cent in real terms between this year and next, and of a further 6 per cent by 2000.

Professor Gareth Roberts, chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals, said the two-year respite would help tide universities over until Sir Ron Dearing reported next summer.

Vice-chancellors meeting for a two-day session on the Budget at the end of next week will discuss the possible imposition of top-up fees for students. But insiders suggested that the threat had now receded.

University employers meet next week to discuss the next stage in their pay negotiations. The offer of 1.5 per cent has so far provoked a one-day stoppage by lecturers and a boycott of various administrative tasks, with disruption of examinations and admissions in the wings.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a TES/ TESS subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


Get Tes online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to Tes online and the Tes app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off Tes Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the Tes online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order today