The University’s Vice-Chancellors have made an enormous contribution to Southampton’s success since it was established as a university in 1952.
The University undertook a rigorous international recruitment process in 2008 to find a leader to succeed Professor Sir William Wakeham on his retirement and take Southampton forward as a top international university.
The role of Vice-Chancellor requires a wide range of academic credentials, business acumen and international experience, together with the gravitas to engage at senior government level, locally, nationally and overseas; and the skills to lead and manage a complex multi-million pound institution.
The Vice-Chancellor's salary package is agreed by the University's Senior Salaries Committee (SSC), which comprises up to five external members of the University's governing body, Council, and is chaired by Dr Gill Rider.
“The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution, with an annual turnover in the region of £435 million, over 23,000 students and 5,000 members of staff,” says Dr Rider. “It is to be expected that the Vice-Chancellor of a large, complex, international university should be remunerated appropriately.”
Professor Don Nutbeam was appointed Vice-Chancellor in 2008. He took up his post the following year, with the following terms and conditions:
• Overall responsibility for delivering the University objectives, with an expectation of particular focus on targets and milestones relating to education and the student experience, research and enterprise, along with operational performance.
• Responsibility for responding effectively to changes in the financial, political and operational environment in which the University operates, and ensuring the continued confidence of the University community.
In the financial year that ended 31 July 2012, the Vice-Chancellor's salary was £277,000, of which £40,000 was a one-off non-pensionable performance payment. The University's employer's pension contributions to Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited (USS) in respect of the Vice-Chancellor amounted to £37,600.