Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Jah-vis or Nah-vis?

We were all tremendously excited to learn of the appointment of Alistair Jarvis as CEO of Universities UK (UUK).

However, we do recognise a potential problem. In the old days it was very easy to distinguish UUK chief executive officers (CEOs) from male models advertising personal grooming products (MMAPGPs). The CEOs generally looked like they'd been dressed for a job interview by their mums in a branch of Mr Byrite; the MMAPGPs were the ones in the long hair and ripped clothing.

Friday, 4 August 2017

What BBC Celebrity Can I Swap My VC for?

When the Times Higher announced the results of the Vice Chancellors' salary survey 2017 in June there was outrage in some parts of academia and beyond. The salary of Bath's VC, Prof Dame Glynis Breakwell, was 'morally indefensible', wailed the Bath Chronicle, quoting the local MP Wera Hobhouse.

However, the subsequent revelations about BBC pay has put it all in to perspective. Prof Dame Glynis' £451k could only buy you a Claudia Winkleman or a Matt Baker. Steve Wright wouldn't even get out of bed for that. However, it's worth noting that you could get three Darcey Bussells, or possibly one and a half Sue Barkers. Or, if you shop around, a newsroom including Gavin Esler, Justin Webb and Kirsty Wark.

Hmm. Maybe she's not the bargain I thought.

Well, to put things into perspective, and to offer a little light summer reading, Fundermentals is offering you a cut-out-and-keep guide to the trade in value of your VCs. It might just be worth leaving around your senior common room. Good to keep them on their toes.