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Amid predictions that higher education will be changed forever by the current pandemic, Professor James Miller, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Glasgow Caledonian University, suggests the innovative ways the sector is responding to the crisis will make it even more valued in the future.
The current crisis has underlined the critical role played by the UK’s experts and researchers and the institutions supporting them, as well as the need for collaboration between them, says Dr Joe Marshall, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Universities and Business.
Female academics in the UK are paid on average £6,103 a year less than their male peers, leaving an annual gender pay gap across the sector amounting to £528 million, a survey by the University and College Union has found.
Women are paid less than men at 154 universities across the sector, with the largest pay gaps at Russell Group institutions, a report on the findings says.
UCU is calling for universities to make faster progress towards equal pay, following recommendations for institutions to take action from the Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff.
UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: "These colleges and universities should not have allowed such shameful levels of pay inequality to persist. It’s nearly 50 years since the Equal Pay Act came into force and they’re still flying in the face of it.
"Today on International Women’s Day, we would like to see a firm commitment from sector leaders to close the gap and are offering to work with institutions to make equal pay at every college and university a reality."
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