Between 2014 and 2017, UK universities are likely to have paid out more than £200 million to departing members of staff who signed confidentiality agreements. That’s a lot of money.
As part of an investigation into the issue, HE sent a freedom of information request to as many UK higher education providers as it could to find out how many non-disclosure agreements had been signed by departing staff during that period, and how much money was paid to those who signed.
A total of 79 universities sent usable information. Their confidentiality payments added up to £130.4m, equating to more than £32m a year. The average value of each payment across our sample was just over £22,600.