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Professors paid £100,000 in university bidding war


PA’s Mike Boxall, higher education expert, is quoted in The Times, in an article on the salaries of university professors. 

The article explains that the number of professors paid more than £100,000 has risen by more than half over the past five years as universities are prepared to pay the premium for certain academics.

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Mike explains: “There are analogies here with the competition to secure big-name players in the football transfer windows, with the difference that the higher education counterpart happens only once every five or six years.”

Mike goes on to say: “As the bidding universities were concerned mainly to gain access to the back catalogue of leading professors’ published research, it appears that many were recruited at great cost to the equivalent of the team bench, for example with minimal conditions regarding further research, teaching or even attendance at their new institutions.”

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