THE UNIVERSITY of Surrey has been condemned after it spent £1,600 on a chauffeur to bring a Maltese dog to the UK as part of a £15,000 relocation package for professor Max Lu after he was recruited from the University of Queensland.
University & College Union general secretary Sally Hunt said: “Higher education has had to endure months of terrible headlines over the pay and perks scandal of those at the top. But, the complete lack of self-awareness while they feather their own nests, yet they continue to hold down staff pay, use temporary contracts and try to slash pensions, is quite staggering.”
A spokesman for the University of Surrey defended the £1,500 ‘dog chauffeur’ payment and said:
As is normal practice with the relocation of permanent staff internationally, the university paid reasonable relocation expenses for professor Lu and his wife to move to the UK. The total cost of this move was £15,000, which included shipment of personal possessions, visas, flights and the relocation of the family dog.
Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said: “It’s just not good enough. The next Labour government will set a clear limit on chancellors’ pay packets and scrap student fees entirely.”