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Remuneration Committee

Chair: Mr Philip Carpenter [member of Council]

VC Remuneration

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

The University’s Remuneration Committee – a sub-committee of the University’s Council, responsible for determining the salary and terms of employment of the Vice-Chancellor and President - met to consider the remuneration to be offered to Professor Jeffery. The Remuneration Committee is comprised in total of four lay members of council plus a further committee member selected for their external independent perspective.

The Committee agreed a total remuneration package having considered external benchmark total remuneration information from the Russell Group Senior Pay Survey, the University and Colleges Employers Association Senior Staff Remuneration survey and advice from the external search organisation engaged to support the recruitment process. The Committee provides a report of each of its meetings to the University Council.

Remuneration for Professor Jeffery Vice-Chancellor and President

Annual Base Salary £285,000
Total Remuneration £285,000

The above figures reflect the Vice-Chancellor and President's full time equivalent salary up to 31 July 2020. From 1 August 2020, and in light of the financial ramifications of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), he has taken a voluntary pay reduction of 20%. This reduction is in place for an initial period of 6 months and subject to review at the end of that period.

The Vice-Chancellor and President’s total 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 guide the University on a sustainable basis 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 and President 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 total remuneration of the Vice-Chancellor and President. 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 Philip Carpenter [member of Council]
Treasurer (ex officio) Mr Chris Thompson [member of Council]

Lay members of Council appointed by Council

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

Dr Philip Rycroft (member of Council)

Co-opted external members

Ms Claire Wesley (until 31 July 2021)
Claire Wesley profile (MS Word , 12kb)

In Attendance

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

Professor Charlie Jeffery (Vice-Chancellor)
Secretary to Council [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

Dr Joss Ivory 

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

Secretary to Remuneration committee Dr Adam Dawkins


Meetings 2021/22

  • 1 November 2021, 13:00-15:00
  • 11 May 2022, 09:30-11:30


Minutes of Remuneration Committee


Summary of minutes 13 May 2019 (PDF , 498kb)


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