Sunderland University denies withholding data in row with union

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WEARSIDE’S university has denied refusing to give out information about salaries and expenses.

The University and College Union reported that The University of Sunderland was one of 24 institutions which refused to answer questions about their vice-chancellor’s spending on flights, hotels and expenses claims.

The UCU carried out Freedom of Information requests at all the country’s institutions, as part of its campaign to make the university system more transparent.

However, a spokesman for the Wearside uni, said: “At the time of the FOI request the university’s accounts were going through audit committee, therefore we were unable to give UCU the relevant information.

“We asked UCU to come back at a later date, which they did not do.

“The vice-chancellor’s salary and expenses, which have historically been the lowest in the North East, are published every year and made available to the public.”

The UCU report, covering 155 UK universities, showed bosses are spending as much as £60,000 a year on air fares and enjoying first-class and business-class flights.

A number of heads of institutions also incurred hefty hotel bills, with one vice-chancellor spending more than £27,000 for the year.