Please provide the following information in regards to the Vice Chancellor's Pay Award

Catherine Shaw made this Freedom of Information request to University of Bolton

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Dear University of Bolton,

In the Bolton News 8th June 2018 the Vice Chancellor of the University stated "it needs to be noted that the decision was made by the committee, an independent body made up of governors". Please state:
a) who was on the committee
b) whether the Vice Chancellor has had any direct role in appointing those governors
c) whether or not those present have any links to the Vice Chancellor in terms of previous roles held, are in receipt of benefits or payments currently or previously from the University, or have personal/social contact with the Vice Chancellor outside of University Business.

Yours faithfully,

Catherine Shaw

UoB FOI, University of Bolton

FOIA896 290818

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UoB FOI, University of Bolton

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Dear Ms Shaw,

Thank you for your enquiry requesting information under Section 1(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the ‘Act’). Please find below the University’s response.

In the Bolton News 8th June 2018 the Vice Chancellor of the University stated "it needs to be noted that the decision was made by the committee, an independent body made up of governors".

Please state:

1. Who was on the committee? The members of the remuneration committee are available on the University website at https://www.bolton.ac.uk/wp-content/uplo...

2. Whether the Vice Chancellor has had any direct role in appointing those governors? The University’s Remuneration Committee is conducted in accordance with the Terms of Reference approved by the Board of Governors at their first meeting in the academic year every year.

The Terms of Reference are available on the University website at: https://www.bolton.ac.uk/wp-content/uplo...

For ease of reference, the Terms of Reference are as follows:

REMUNERATION COMMITTEE
TERMS OF REFERENCE
1 CODE OF CONDUCT

All Members are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct as set out in the Good Practice Guide for Governors.

2 AUTHORITY OF THE COMMITTEE

The Committee shall be a decision-making body.

3 DUTIES OF THE COMMITTEE

1. To review and determine the salaries and other emoluments, conditions of service and, where appropriate, severance payments, of the designated senior post holders which include the following statutory post holder roles:

• The Vice Chancellor
• The Clerk to the Governors

and other such officers as shall be determined from time to time by the Board of Governors.

2. When necessary to seek comparative information on salaries and other emoluments and conditions of service in the Higher Education sector, including such information as shall be provided by the Committee of Chairman of University Councils and the University and Colleges Employers’ Association or their successor bodies and any relevant External Advisor with appropriate sector knowledge, in order to provide guidance on the general level of salaries and other emoluments and conditions of service which should apply to designated senior post holders in the University.

3. If considering severance payments for any designated senior post holder, the Committee must represent the public interest and avoid any inappropriate use of public funds. The Committee should be careful not to agree to a severance package which staff, students and the public might deem excessive. Contracts of employment for designated senior post holders should specify a period of notice of not more than 12 months, and should not provide for pension enhancements.

4 MEMBERSHIP

To be confirmed every year by the Board of Governors:

The Chair of the Board of Governors
The Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors
The Chair of the Resources Committee
The Chair of the Audit Committee

Two Independent Governors

The Vice Chancellor will be in attendance as required by the members and will withdraw from the meeting when his/her own salary, other emoluments, conditions of service and, where appropriate, severance payment, are under consideration.

The Independent Governor membership of this Committee shall be by rotation of the Independent Board Members. Nomination for membership for a period of four years shall be recommended by the non-staff members of the Nominations Committee having consideration of the current skill and expertise matrix of the Committee and approved by the Ad Hoc Committee.

The Clerk to the Governors will act as Clerk at all meetings of the Committee but will withdraw when his/her own salary etc is to be considered as an item on the agenda. A member will be appointed to act as the Clerk to Governors to the Committee during any absence of the Clerk to the Governors.

5 QUORUM

Quorum will be three and must include either the Chair or the Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors.

6 APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR

The Chair shall be (excluding the ex officio Independent Governors) the longer serving Independent Governor or, in his/her absence, the other Independent Governor.

7 FREQUENCY OF MEETINGS

Meetings shall take place as and when required.

8 ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS

Meetings shall only be attended by the Membership.

9 COMMITTEE REPORTING

Minutes recording only the decisions of the Committee shall be recorded by the Clerk to the Governors and shall be deemed to be confidential under the provisions of Article of Government para 7.31. Any member of the Board who is not an employee or student of the University shall be entitled to have sight of the minutes on request and a copy of the approved minutes shall be circulated to the Ad Hoc Committee. The Committee’s reports to the Board should provide sufficient detail of the broad criteria and policies against which decisions have been made.

10 REVIEW

The Terms of Reference of the Committee shall be reviewed by the Board of Governors at their first meeting in the academic year every year.

The most recent Terms of Reference above were additionally approved by the Board of Governors in April 2018 to extend the period of term of the independent governor membership of this committee to 4 years as advised by the CUC code on Senior Staff Remuneration.

For the avoidance of doubt:

1. The Vice Chancellor does not have any direct role in appointing the members of the Remuneration Committee.

2. No members of the Remuneration Committee have any links to the Vice Chancellor in terms of previous roles held, are not in receipt of benefits or payments currently or previously from the University and have no personal/social contact with the Vice Chancellor outside of University business.

3. Whether or not those present have any links to the Vice Chancellor in terms of previous roles held, are in receipt of benefits or payments currently or previously from the University, or have personal/social contact with the Vice Chancellor outside of University Business. See response to Q2 above.

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The University of Bolton

The University of Bolton

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Bolton

BL3 5AB

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