A teaching union has hit out at a college’s plans to appoint an Executive Chef who will be paid £55,000 per year.
The EIS-FELA, say the new post at City of Glasgow College will have no line management or teaching responsibilities despite the bumper salary.ing
The Further Education Lecturers’ Association claim the top chef will spend a lot of their time cooking fancy meals for college Principal Paul Little – who is paid more than £150,000 year – when he wine and dines important guests and VIPs visiting the college.
A union spokesperson said: “This is yet another example of Principal Paul Little spending public money for the sole purpose of trying to boost his own prestige and sense of his own importance.
“Such an appointment brings no benefits to the students or to the public whose taxes will pay for it.”
The union are furious as the appointment comes at a a time of restricted budgets in higher education with lecturers being offered a pay increase of only 2% over three years while the cost of living increases by 9% over the same period.
However, the college insist the appointment of a leading chef will reap huge benefits for students and that the post will also prove self financing over time.
A college spokesman said: “This new, innovative position is very much student focused with key responsibilities, amongst others, in preparing our students for international competitions including the annual, prestigious Worldskills event at which they are up against the very best from all over the globe.
“City of Glasgow College is currently ranked the No.1 UK College for skills attainment and are extremely proud of the achievements of our students and staff and are constantly looking at ways to improve our learner experience.
“The appointment of an Executive Chef is an example of this and given that, a fundamental part of the job remit is to generate commercial income through master-classes and bespoke professional cookery courses, the job will be, in time, self-financing, and will not be taking any money whatsoever out of frontline teaching or student support budgets.”