An Aberdeen university principal is among the highest-earning among his UK peers, a report into pay and perks for senior university staff has found.
The University of Aberdeen’s Professor Sir Ian Diamond came second in Scotland on £352,000, an increase of 11% on the previous academic year.
Strathclyde University principal Professor Sir Jim McDonald was the top earner from the Scottish universities which responded to the study, taking home a total pay package of £360,000 for the academic year 2015/16 – 7.9 times the average salary of Strathclyde staff.
The University of Aberdeen provides accommodation for its principle.
A spokeswoman said: “The principal’s basic salary is comparable with other principals in similar sized research-intensive universities across the UK and is determined by an annual appraisal of performance, overseen by the remuneration committee of the court which includes five independent members, a non-executive staff representative and the student president.”