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Vice-chancellor pay must be ‘justifiable’ for high fees

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Ryan Shorthouse, director of the Conservative think tank Bright Blue, has called on vice-chancellors to stop “foolishly” defending excessive pay because universities are charities.

Universities should only be able to charge above £6,000 in fees if the remuneration of vice-chancellors is proven to be "proportionate and justifiable", Shorthouse wrote in an opinion article on the ConservativeHome website on 21 September.

He also said universities should contribute towards the financing of the student loans system. Institutions that have a disproportionate number of graduates who are unlikely to be able to pay off their student loans in full after 30 years should pay a new levy, he said.

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