Remuneration Committee

Chair: Ms Denise Jagger, Pro Chancellor

Vice-Chancellor's Remuneration

The University of York is open and transparent in how it decides the remuneration of the Vice-Chancellor (VC) and senior members of staff and publishes details in its Annual Report and Financial Statements 2018 (PDF , 4,838kb).

The Vice-Chancellor’s salary is determined by the University’s Remuneration Committee – a sub-committee of the University’s Council. The Remuneration Committee is comprised in total of four lay members of council plus a further committee member selected for their external independent perspective. 

While the Vice-Chancellor is in attendance at the Remuneration Committee, they are not a member of the committee and play no part in the decision regarding their own salary. The Vice-Chancellor’s salary is decided by the lay and independent committee members alone. The Vice-Chancellor leaves the meeting when their salary is discussed. 

In deciding the Vice- Chancellor’s salary, the Remuneration Committee reviews external comparator data including that for the Russell Group, and reviews the Vice-Chancellor’s performance against strategic objectives that encompass all aspects of the role. The Remuneration Committee makes a report on its business to the University Council. 

The VC’s remuneration package reflects the level of responsibility and skills required to maintain the reputation of a dynamic institution such as the University of York and is commensurate with the leadership strengths required to sustainably guide the University through the turbulent and unpredictable future facing the UK Higher Education sector. 

The University of York is a member of the Russell Group and is one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities with a global reputation for excellence in teaching. The Vice-Chancellor of York is responsible for implementing a strategic vision to strengthen the reputation and the sustainable success of the institution. 

The scale, complexity and success of the institution are also factors in determining the salary of the Vice-Chancellor. Such factors include the following: 



Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference

  1. To set the strategy for the remuneration of the Vice-Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor’s Direct Reports, Heads of Departments, Professors and the Senior Management Pay Group, balancing the safeguarding of public funds and the need to remain competitive by reference to the Committee of University Chairs HE Remuneration Code of Governance.
  2. To review and determine salaries and terms of employment of the Vice-Chancellor and Direct Reports [“Senior Post Holders”], taking account of affordability, proportionality to remuneration of other university staff, comparative external information on remuneration and equality information
  3. To promote the University’s responsibilities for equality and diversity by ensuring that relevant information is given full consideration in relation to matters relating the remuneration of the groups overseen by the Remuneration Committee.
  4. To agree the Strategic Remuneration Principles for all University employees outside of the National Pay Framework, taking into account the Committee of University Chairs HE Remuneration Code of Governance. To delegate the accountability for determining pay for this group, excluding Senior Post Holders, to Remuneration Sub-Group.
  5. To review the decisions of the Remuneration Sub-group, including discretionary revisions to remuneration made between meetings of this group and monitor adherence to the Strategic Remuneration Principles.
  6. To keep under review expenses reimbursed and allowances paid to the Vice-Chancellor and other senior staff and officers.
  7. To determine severance arrangements for any member of staff earning over £100k.
  8. To provide Council with an annual report which is transparent and meets the requirements of good governance including the extent to which value for money is achieved within the areas under the Committee’s oversight.



Chair Mr Chris Thompson [member of Council] (until 31 July 2019)
Treasurer (ex officio) Mr David Dickson (until 31 July 2019)

Lay members apppointed by Council, two of whom are members of Council

Mrs Claire Wesley (until 31 July 2021)

Ms Denise Jagger (Chair of Council (ex officio))

Mr Philip Carpenter (until 31 July 2021)

In Attendance

Vice-Chancellor  [except for matters connected with para 2 of the Terms of Reference in relation to their own salary]

Professor Saul Tendler (Acting Vice-Chancellor)
Secretary to Council and the Remuneration Committee  [except for matters connected with paragraph 2 of the Terms of Reference in relation to their own salary] Ms Jo Horsburgh
Director of Human Resources and Assistant Secretary to Remuneration Committee

Dr Joss Ivory 

Chair of Remuneration Sub-Committee [for presentation of Remuneration Sub-Group activity only] Professor Saul Tendler


Meetings 2017-18

  • 12 October 2018
  • 13 May 2019
  • 24 October 2019

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