The Times Higher Educational Supplement, looking at rewards for academic fat cats, has provided a search engine for salaries at most UK institutions of higher education.
So here’s the 2015 pay scale we’ve derived for running a music college or conservatoire in the UK:
1 Royal Academy of Music – Jonathan Freeman-Attwood – £286,613
2 Royal College of Music – Colin Lawson – £217,431
3 Trinity Laban – Anthony Bowne – £186,211
4 Guildhall School of Music and Drama – Barry Ife – £171,000
5 Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – Jeffrey Sharkey – £159,000
6 Royal Northern College of Music – Linda Merrick – £146,000
7 Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts – Mark Featherstone-Witty – £136,884
There are some glaring anomalies here. The two London-based royal institutions appear to enjoy inflated wages. Impossible to justify paying the Royal Academy chief twice as much as the head of the Royal Northern (or is it cos she’s non-male?). Why are the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Birmingham Conservatoire unlisted?
On a national scale, the highest paid university chiefs are those at Durham, Middlesex and Salford, hardly the greatest centres of excellence.
Read the full THES article here.