Sunday, 22 March 2009


News of the resignation came via an all-staff email from the Chair of the Board of Governors at lunchtime on Thursday: Brian Roper, one of the highest paid Vice-Chancellors in the country, had stepped down with immediate effect. A red-letter day for the one in four of his staff threatened with redundancy as a result of his mismanagement. His mistakes cost the University £56m. Now action is needed to ensure that his huge annual salary - £270,000 plus before bonuses - is not paid through to December as the official statement indicated and that his pension is more of a lead balloon than a golden handshake. Smile on, Mr Roper.

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