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Scottish governance code encourages transparent salary decisions

Principals at Scottish universities should have their pay determined and reviewed by remuneration committees, according to a draft code of governance commissioned by the Committee of Scottish Chairs.

Published on 16 April, the draft Scottish Code of Good Higher Education Governance says that governing bodies should establish remuneration committees for assessing the salaries, terms and conditions, and, in some cases, severance payments of principals and other members of staff, “as the governing body deems appropriate”.

Such committees will be given the task of representing the public interest in discussing salaries and severance payments, and avoiding the inappropriate use of public funds.

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