Sheffield Hallam University has justified its decision to pay vice-chancellor Chris Husbands more than £350,000-a-year amid recent revelations that Bath Spa paid its former leader more than £750,000 last year.
Professor Christina Slade was paid £429,000 “for loss of office” on top of her £250,000 salary.
Prof Slade served as vice-chancellor for the university until August, and was also given £20,000 as a housing allowance and another £20,000 for other expenses.
A statement released by Sheffield Hallam University said: “Professor Chris Husbands’ total annual remuneration package is around the average for UK Vice-Chancellors despite the fact that he is responsible for one of the largest universities in the UK, with more than 30,000 students, upwards of 4,000 staff, and a turnover of more than £250million per year.
“The VC does not receive any allowances for housing nor does he receive any bonuses.
“Universities need to offer competitive salaries in order to attract high quality leaders, with experience of successfully leading large and complex organisations.”